Content from MedPage Today -- NICU Admission Not Universal for Tiny Babies

Nearly one in four very low birth weight babies are not admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at birth, according to a new CDC report.

Although NICU admission reduces mortality risk for babies under 3.3 pounds at birth, only 77.3 percent of such infants were admitted in 2006, Wanda D. Barfield, MD, and colleagues at the CDC in Atlanta, reported in the Nov. 12 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Wide variability was seen among the 19 states that provided NICU admission data as part of a change to birth certificates--ranging from a high of 93.4 percent in North Dakota to a low of 63.7 percent in California.


Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.