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Research Article

Changing overall workload in neonatal units.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 25 May 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1539
  1. D J Field,
  2. A D Milner,
  3. I E Hopkin,
  4. R J Madeley


    An epidemiological study was carried out in the current Nottingham health district to determine changes in both neonatal unit workload and in the infants requiring neonatal care during two study periods. All admissions for 1977 and again for the 12 months 1 April 1983 to 31 March 1984 were reviewed. Total numbers of admissions have shown roughly a 50% reduction because of a more rigorous admission policy locally. The admissions of infants of 33 weeks' gestation or less have shown a significant increase, while the overall survival of infants less than 33 weeks' gestation has improved.