Early post partum discharge: Is it possible?

Dana Sadeh-Mestechkin, Asnat Walfisch, Atif Zeadna, Ilana Shoham-Vardi, Mordechai Hallak

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Abstract

Objectives: To characterize maternal post partum complications and to identify risk factors for the development of post partum complications in low risk parturients. Study design: The first part of our research was a case study only. It included low risk parturients identified using a computerized database who developed post partum complication between the years 2000 and 2003 (n = 136). The second part of the study was in a case-control format. The control group consisted of low risk parturients who gave birth during the same time period and did not develop post partum complications (n = 31,211). Results: Fever was the most common complication (36%) identified, with a mean delivery to complication time of 31.1 h. Excessive vaginal bleeding (22%) was diagnosed earlier, with a mean delivery to complication time of 4.2 h. The risk factors for complications identified were the following: first delivery, fifth delivery or more and cesarean delivery in the past (P = 0.009 and 0.002, respectively). Conclusion: The results of this study support the possibility of early discharge for women in a predefined low-risk group. Most of the complications that may occur after discharge do not pose an immediate threat and afford the patient enough time to safely reach the hospital. Most of the complications in a low risk parturient group occur within 6 h post partum and may allow consideration of an early discharge policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume276
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Early discharge
  • Low risk parturients
  • Post partum complications

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