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A promising decline in early elective deliveries

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: June 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 6 - p 16
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000450418.15310.61
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A promising decline in early elective deliveries. Early elective deliveries, such as cesarean sections performed for the sake of convenience before 39 weeks of pregnancy, lead to longer hospital stays—including stays in neonatal ICUs—and higher costs to patients and payers. But the number of such deliveries has declined sharply, from 17% in 2010 to 4.6% in 2013, reports the Leapfrog Group. Elective deliveries dropped for the third consecutive year and for the first time hit the target rate of less than 5%. Of the 969 hospitals that participated in the group's 2013 survey, 71% met that target, compared with 46% of those surveyed in 2012. See the Hospital Safety Scores at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp.

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