Original ArticlesMultidisciplinary Discharge Assessment of the Medically and Socially High-Risk InfantRobison, Margery MN, RN; Pirak, Carolyn MSW, CSW, ACSW; Morrell, Christine MSWAuthor Information Clinical Nurse Specialist, High Risk Infant Follow-up Program, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington (Robison) Social Worker, Special Care Nursery, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington (Pirak) Social Worker, Pediatric Program, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington (Morrell) The authors would like to acknowledge Terry Price, MSW, ACSW for his editing and review of the article and Carole Carillo, MSW for her input on the subject. Submitted for publication: August 16, 1999 Accepted for publication: October 15, 1999 The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: March 2000 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 67-86 Buy Abstract Discharge from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) requires assessment, coordination, and possible intervention by a multidisciplinary team. The infant's health condition and the family's social situation must be considered before discharge to design a discharge plan for the child's long-term well-being. This article presents the neonatal discharge assessment tool (N-DAT) as a method to identify risks at the time of discharge. The tool offers specific recommendations for use with infants who are medically or socially high risk. The implications for the NICU team and for coordination with community providers are discussed. Copyright © 2000 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.