Is friday the busiest for late preterm delivery?

Sara Mola, Janet E. Graeber, Mark J. Polak, Panitan Yossuck

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Abstract

As a level Illc NICU serving north central West Virginia, we have observed that many of our admissions of infants GA 33-37 weeks occurred on Friday. To investigate the distribution of delivery days for infants with GA between 33-37 wk. Data of admitted infants are tracked through medical record from January 2002 to September 2006. The deliveries per day of the week (DOW) were compared. Of 1471 admission, the highest rate of delivery occurring on Fridays; lowest on Sundays. An unequal distribution of delivery DOW in infant GA 33-35 was observed, with the highest rate of delivery occurring on Wednesday. An unequal distribution of delivery DOW was also noted in infants with GA 36-37. However, Friday was noted as the most frequent DOW for delivery in this group. This Friday delivery phenomenon suggests delivery practices that may affect premature delivery, their morbidity and increased NICU occupancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-13
Number of pages4
JournalThe West Virginia medical journal
Volume106
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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