Was looking at some NICU videos on youtube and came across this Australian set of videos on one of their NICUs in Victoria. It was great...except for the fact that the nurse was taking care of this 24 weeker WITHOUT GLOVES!
Now, I'm still a brand new nurse, only 4 months out, on orientation at a level 3 (although I guess some people call it a level 4). And I worked in school on a level 3 with nothing more complex than vents. So my exposure to the NICU culture isn't that much. In my months of working, though, I would be absolutely horrified at the thought of not wearing gloves. In fact, at my facility, we gown up as well, "protective isolation" for kiddos under a kilo.
But maybe this is the norm in some other facilities. I've recently learned that some level IIs don't even put their infants on monitors. Man, if my kiddos weren't on monitors, I would be so nervous and probably wouldn't leave their bedsides, because you never know when that supposed healthy/turning-the-corner kid crumps.
So...I don't know. Do you guys always wear gloves and wash/gel before/after you touch your patients? Or am I just naiive?