Three studies examine effects of early discharge on newborns' hospital readmission rates.

According to the April 1996 Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, early discharge (infants younger than 24, 36 or 48 hours old) was not associated with hospital readmission within the first three weeks of life, but infants who stayed longer than 72 hours had a significantly lower risk of readmission. For the study, researchers reviewed records of nearly 4,500 infants delivered at a private community hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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