Elective hospitalization in the management of twin pregnancies

W. W. Andrews, K. J. Leveno, M. L. Sherman, J. Mutz, L. C. Gilstrap, P. J. Whalley

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We sought to evaluate the effectiveness of a policy of early elective hospitalization on the outcomes of 522 consecutive twin gestations delivered at our institution between 1983–1987. During the first 2 years (1983–1985), 237 twin pregnancies were delivered with a policy of elective hospitalization when twin pregnancy was diagnosed between 24–32 weeks’ gestation. When possible, elective hospitalization started at 24 weeks’ gestation. Electively admitted women remained hospitalized until 34 weeks’ gestation, at which time they were discharged unless complications developed requiring continued hospitalization. During 1985–1987, 285 women with twin gestations were intentionally managed as outpatients unless intercurrent complications required hospitalization. A total of 211 twin pregnancies was excluded from analysis because the women did not present for prenatal care (19%) or were undiagnosed until delivery (22%). of the remaining 311 pregnancies available for study, 134 were managed when the elective admission policy prevailed and 177 when this policy was not in effect. Although the elective admission policy did result in a small reduction in the incidence of low birth weight among the 58 pregnancies hospitalized electively (mean [± SEM] gestational age at elective hospitalization 27.7 ± 0.3 weeks) compared with outpatient management, this policy did not result in an improvement in prematurity (32 versus 36%; P >.05) or perinatal morbidity as reflected by requirement for neonatal intensive care (12 versus 11%; P >.05) and mechanical ventilation (8 versus 9%; P >.05). Moreover, perinatal mortality was actually higher in the electively hospitalized pregnancies (8 versus 2%; P =.01). This policy also had considerable economic impact, as reflected by significantly higher total hospital bills ($17,519 versus 11,916; P <.02).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-831
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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