Military neonatal transport and intensive care - Effective and cost effective

R. E. Bell, B. A. Yoder, N. B. Ackerman, Donald Null, R. A. deLemos

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Medical support of dependents of active duty military members is a major priority in the Military Health Care System. There are two important questions to be considered in evaluating the military health care delivery system for premature infants: Is the mortality and morbidity of preterm newborns similar to that in major civilian centers; and is the expense of military transport and neonatal care cost effective when compared with civilian transport and care. To answer these two questions, we reviewed the medical records of all preterm newborns cared for at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center (WHMC) from July 1979 thru July 1982. Costs of newborn care and transport were determined for both WHMC and civilian Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICU) in our referral area. Our results show: that mortality of preterm newborns at WHMC compares favorably with that reported in other series; and the duration of hospitalization beyond which it is cost effective to transport these infants to WHMC is 18 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-145
Number of pages3
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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