Several authors disclosed financial ties to health information technology companies, including Epic Systems Corporation. “Short infant birth hospitalization LOS was 51 percent more common than prepandemic,” the authors write. “Yet, counter to our hypothesis, infant rehospitalization within a week of discharge did not increase.”
Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required) The researchers found that during the pandemic, short birth hospitalization LOS increased from 28.5 to 43.0 percent for all births (vaginal: 25.6 to 39.3 percent; cesarean: 40.1 to 61.0 percent), which persisted after multivariable adjustment (adjusted odds ratios, 2.30, 2.12, and 3.01 for all, vaginal, and cesarean births, respectively). Infant rehospitalizations decreased slightly during the pandemic (1.2 to 1.1 percent), despite shorter LOS; in an adjusted analysis, results were similar (adjusted odds ratios, 0.83, 0.82, and 0.87 for all, vaginal, and cesarean births, respectively). The proportion of rehospitalization diagnoses did not change between eras.
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