PHYSICIAN DOCUMENTATION OF NEONATAL RISK ASSESSMENT FOR PERINATAL INFECTIONS

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Abstract

Charts of newborn infants were reviewed for documentation of maternal risk factors and prenatal screening test results. Physician documentation was incomplete in most infants. Nearly half of all infants were discharged without documentation regarding maternal status of hepatitis B, syphilis, and group B streptococcus. These lapses in newborn assessment have a potential for significant medical errors.

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