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Winnie Palmer’s early elective deliveries are reduced by 50%


New guidelines to reduce early elective deliveries at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando have cut by 50% the number of admissions of late pre-term newborns (37-38 weeks gestation) into the NICU, according to a news release.

Working with the March of Dimes and the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Winnie Palmer Hospital instituted new guidelines to reduce EED, including using a new scheduling tool and enhanced training designed to help delivery schedulers prevent deviations in standard of care; a hard stop for any EED that did not meet acceptable criteria; and an induction consent with patient education on associated risks, according to the release.

Since initiating the guidelines, EEDs for non-medical reasons at the hospital have decreased to below 7% of all deliveries consistently, highlighted by two months below 3%, according to the release. In 2012, 46 late pre-term newborns out of 13,856 deliveries were admitted into the NICU, compared with 81 out of 12,978 deliveries in 2011.


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