Someone told me that for infection control purposes, lab coats are not allowed in the NICU, but when I observed at a different hospital (private, no residents, no fellows), the docs wore street clothes (no lab coats). Do you have a dress code in your unit? What is it?
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You know what's weird is that the healthcare providers aren't allowed to have fake nails, but we don't enforce it with the parents. We've had several babies get horribly septic over and over again, and suggested to their mothers that it might be a good idea to get the nails removed. A few of them refused! True, they're not accessing central lines and ETTs, but they've got their hands on their babies every day and that has to count for something.
We did enforce it where I used to work. Just as we didn't allow parents to come in without scrubbing, we did not allow them to come in with false nails. Security would be called to escort them out if they don't scrub, and can be called for fake nails as well. Toronto hospitals were really ID conscious after SARS. I've never had that happen where I work now.
Last edit by fergus51 on Sep 10, '05