Development of a resource manual for returning neonates to community hospitals.
Neonatal network : NN
To facilitate the transfer of an infant from a tertiary NICU to a community Level II hospital for convalescing follow-up care, the tertiary staff must know the referral center's capabilities. This will help to establish a trusting relationship between hospitals, will enable the tertiary staff to send infants back to the referral center in a timely manner, will enable them to reassure the patient's parents concerning the transfer, and will facilitate communication between the hospitals and the patient's family. This article describes the development of a referring hospital resource manual designed to facilitate the transfer process.
Academic Medical Centers, Continuity of Patient Care, Convalescence, Hospitals, Community, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Interinstitutional Relations, Iowa, Manuals as Topic, Neonatal Nursing, Patient Transfer, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Transportation of Patients