Category: Costs

Buprenorphine for neonatal abstinence syndrome

In a single-center randomized trial of term infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome, compared with infants who were managed with oral morphine, those who were managed with sublingual buprenorphine had a shorter duration of treatment (median of 15 vs 28 days),…

Impact of routine surveillance for MRSA

A single-center study reported the results two years before and two years after routine MRSA surveillance was introduced. The rate of MRSA blood-stream infection was 3.8 per 1000 neonates in the pre-surveillance period and 5.3 per 1000 neonates during the…

RBC transfusion variability in NICUs

A retrospective analysis of data from four NICUs that were following the same RBC transfusion guidelines showed wide variability in the number of RBC transfusions administered, from 5 per 1000 NICU days to 22 per 1000 NICU days. NICUs with…

The costs of prematurity

A review of published literature since 1990 summarized the results of eighteen studies reporting the costs of prematurity. These studies varied in methodology and in the types of subjects included. There was considerable variability across studies in costs within the…

US childbirths costliest in the world

The costs for medical care during pregnancy and delivery in the US are higher than any other country in the world. They have been increasing over the years. The biggest category of hospital payouts for private insurers and Medicaid is…