We already restrict sibling visitation to only one visit per hospitalization (although we bend this rule on long-termers which for us is about 3.5 months max) and they must be screened and scrubbed.
We give Synagis just before D/C except one time when the parents of a preemie freaked out that we had an RSV kid in the unit - yes we take outside admits with RSV.
They go into one of our "isolation" rooms. We have argued and argued that RSV doesn't belong in a unit like ours (6 beds to a bay, one of them isolation - sink is at the back
of the isolation room and only one other sink the bay) but our CNS insists that with good handwashing, the other babies aren't at risk.
Our concern is the possibility that while one nurse is on break, the other nurse in the bay may be in the isolation room when one of the preemies bradys and needs stim STAT. Do you take time to wash? Oh yeah, we have waterless stuff, but no one uses it because it is so highly scented that IT make babies brady, and some of us are allergic to it.
Very good idea to give it sooner, and we have never shared a bottle, but what a great idea!!!
I will bring up these possibilities at work.