Some SA mums are being sent home only 24 hours after giving birth by elective caesarean in a new trial.
Researchers from the Lyell McEwin Hospital and University of Adelaide found the new program had no significant impact on either maternal or neonatal readmissions.
As well as saving $1300 a patient, it puts less pressure on public hospital beds following the first trial of the Enhanced Recovery Elective Caesarean (EREC) program.
The EREC program prepares eligible C-section patients for discharge 24 to 30 hours after birth, compared with an average three to four day hospital admission, shares Adelaide Now.
Lead researcher Adelaide University Associate Professor Lynette Cusack said most of the women in the trial were organised, keen to get home as soon as they could and had help at home.
“They reported that they felt safe, supported and were satisfied with the experience,” Prof Cusack said.
“The aim of the EREC program is not about early discharge or reducing costs, but about giving mothers more options to have the same care safely at home,” she said.
Women who are not first time mothers and have low-risk pregnancies are eligible for the EREC program. They will receive additional visits from midwives post-discharge.
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