Our level IIIunit has had numerous MRSA and SERRATIA outbreaks, all the while management seems to be reactive and not proactive.
I was wondering if there are statistics/research "effect wise" for overcrowded and understaffed nicu's?
Jun 19, '04
We cohort the MRSA babies and gown and glove for them. There is no limitation placed on the nurse, she/he can care for other babies and admit, do triage, whatever. We do weekly MRSA swabs on Mondays on every baby and once a baby tests positive, that baby is considered positive for the rest of their stay. Also, we do bactroban ointment to the nares BID and hibiclens baths daily for seven days after they are positive. We just added a new policy to triple dye all cords immediately on admit to the NICU if not already done. Apparently the triple dye has an agent in it that kills the bad bugs. Our neonatologists have no problem putting in lines through a dyed cord.
Last edit by Mags4711 on Jan 26, '07