Gompers, I don't know if you saw the thread I started about what do other units do for precautions:
And the old one I dug up about MRSA:
But they might offer some insight about what some folks are doing.
We cohort the MRSA babies and gown and glove for them. Every baby gets tested on admission, whether inborn or transported in, we also 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 and umbilical cord (if they still have a cord attached) BID for five days, and Hibiclens baths (12.5ml in 500ml water) daily for seven days after they are positive. We triple dye all cords immediately on admit to the NICU if not already done. Apparently someone read an article that 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.
We are having issues galore right now and were just told we cannot wear our wedding rings-or any ring, and they are now enforcing a long-standing ban on watches and bracelets. I understand the bracelet/watch thing, and I even understand the ring thing, but parents are allowed to wear their rings. And we do NOT have them do a two or three minute scrub (just have them wash their hands or use Purell). And the visitors for any positive babies (MRSA, C-Diff, VRE) do NOT have to gown/glove!!!!!!!!!!
Burns my butt to the core (and I have a huge butt) that IC keeps saying it is not necessary for visitors to gown/glove but somehow it's now necessary for us to remove rings. And yes, they expect that if someone has to have their ring cut off, they will!!!!!