Survey: Infant Care
During Perinatal Clinical Reviews RCP often has discussions about coordination of care. Recently the question of discharges from the NICU has come up in several sites. The IWK staff and physicians have asked RCP to assist with gathering information about criteria for pediatrician referral by the NICU team and the best approach to sharing discharge information with care providers in the baby’s home community.
We recognize that resources differ by site. Although an infant’s primary care provider can, and often does, refer to a local pediatrician there may be certain diagnoses that warrant referral from IWK to avoid delay in the infant being seen by a pediatrician. The IWK’s goal is to develop a consistent provincial approach to notifying care providers about infants discharged from the NICU. Please provide your thoughts about the categories of infants for which the IWK NICU team should initiate a pediatrician referral at the time of discharge from NICU.