Journal article

The drug epidemic: Effects on newborn infants and health resource consumption at a tertiary perinatal centre

JJ Kelly, PG Davis, PN Henschke

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | BLACKWELL SCIENCE ASIA | Published : 2000


OBJECTIVES: Illicit drug taking in Australia, with its attendant social and medical consequences, is increasing and the effects extend to maternity hospitals where infants born to addicted mothers have more health problems in the neonatal period. The aims of this study were to evaluate (1) the patterns of illness of such infants and (2) the burden imposed on the neonatal department of a large tertiary maternity centre. METHODOLOGY: An audit was conducted of all Chemical Dependency Unit (CDU) mothers and babies delivered at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia during 1997. Data were compared with those from a concurrent control group of mothers and babies randomly generated from t..

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