Transfer of Infants from NICU to the Postnatal Ward after a Brief Admission to NICU


Reviewed by Carl Kuschel
July 2002
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It is a priority for well infants to be with their mothers as soon as possible.  Therefore, it may be appropriate for infants who have required a brief admission to NICU to be transferred to a postnatal ward without being reviewed by a specialist.

In general, infants who can be transferred without review by a specialist are those whose transient problems with adaptation to extrauterine life have resolved.  The problems most likely to lead to a brief admission to NICU include hypoglycaemia, respiratory distress, and mild hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy.

Infants can be transferred to the postnatal floor if

Infants should be transferred under Paediatric care for later review by the paediatric SHO or registrar.  It may also be appropriate for blood glucose monitoring, and/or temperature or respiratory observations to continue in the postnatal ward.