Estimating Length of Stay for Simple Gastroschisis

Stephanie R. Komic, K. Christian Walters, Folasade Aderibigbe, Arni S.R. Srinivasa Rao, Brian K. Stansfield

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Background: Length of stay (LOS) is an important measure of quality; however, estimating LOS for rare populations such as gastroschisis is problematic. Our objective was to identify explanatory variables for LOS and build a model to estimate LOS in neonates with simple gastroschisis. Methods: In 73 neonates with simple gastroschisis (47% female, 67% White), statistical correlations for 31 potential explanatory variables for LOS were evaluated using multivariate linear regression. Poisson regression was used to estimate LOS in predetermined subpopulations, and a life table model was developed to estimate LOS for simple gastroschisis. Results: Female sex (−2.4 d), “time to silo placement” (0.9 d), total parenteral nutrition days (0.6 d), need for any nasogastric feedings (11.4 d) and at discharge (−7 d), “feeding tolerance” (0.4 d), days to first postoperative stool (−0.3 d), and human milk exposure (−3.4 d) associated with LOS in simple gastroschisis. Estimated LOS for preterm neonates was longer than term infants (5.4 versus 4.6 wk) but similar for estimates based on sex and race. Based on these associations, we estimate that >50% of neonates with simple gastroschisis will be discharged by hospital day 35. Conclusions: We identified several associations that explained variations in LOS and developed a novel model to estimate LOS in simple gastroschisis, which may be applied to other rare populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-128
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Abdominal wall
  • Estimate
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hospital
  • Infant
  • Stay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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