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How many times should a newborn be examined before discharge?


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This is how we do it (not why...)

* infants >24 h postnatal age - one examination before discharge from maternity

* infants discharged home before 24 h postnatal age - one examination before discharge and one examination at the follow-up visit at 48-72 h postnatal age

We do (not yet) perform pulse saturation screening.

I know there are references (in ADC I'm sure) - will see if I can find these later!

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Once before discharge is what we practice. We make sure we examine them thoroughly according to policy. But before that a 48 hour check is helpful since midwives and mother`s might not come up with subtle problems all the time. Apart from that I think daily check is really not needed.

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