Education, Training, and Competencies
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
Preventing infections in the perinatal setting can be challenging and complex. Infections in the perinatal arena can have a significant impact on both the newborn and mother, and implementing isolation precautions while maintaining close baby-parental contact is difficult. Nursery designs often do not facilitate staff adherence to isolation precautions and challenges arise for families visiting multiple siblings.
A large healthcare system developed a document to meet two objectives:
1. Help guide the IP when making decisions about isolation of the mother and baby;
2. Help establish standardized approaches to isolation in facilities with labor and delivery units, nurseries, and NICUs
Expert recommendations from the CDC were utilized, when available, to help guide decisions about isolation.
This session will discuss the epidemiology, isolation recommendations, and impact on the family unit for many diseases that typically present in the perinatal setting including cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, varicella, influenza, pertussis, and MRSA. Several different scenarios will be explored that will help guide the IP in making decisions about isolation that both foster family bonding and support the principles of IPC.