Delivery Set-Up

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    How long is a sterile delivery set-up good for? I'm not sure what our policy is because I've heard so many different things. I think it may be 4 hours wet and 8 hours dry. 8 hours seems like way too long to leave a sterile set-up. What's your policy?
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    I've been doing L&D for 25 years and it has always been 24 hours at the hospitals I've worked.
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    24 hours where I work.
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    24 hours where I am doing my clinical.
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    Setups for delivery good for 24 hours where I work.
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    Ours was 24h dry and 12 wet but recently was changed to 6h dry, makes it difficult to deal with when mums go quickly through transition or take a long time pushing.
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    24 hrs dry
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    Sterile set ups are colonized 1 hr after opening. Even if covered, The bad stuff already landed. Wet or dry doesn't matter. Air is humid. Bacteria doesn't require much. Why do OR's have strict policy on room temp & humidity. True, vag dels are "dirty". But do OR's treat their dirty cases with the same lack of sterile technique? Pt's first! Not our convenience of having to not hurry. I don't want to take the chance to send home my pts. with a nosocomial infection. My pt. could be your friend, sister, or even you. Pt's first. That's why we have a job. I've had time to set up a table for an immediate delivery. I know I will have time to set up a table for an induction,too.
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    vaginal delivery tables are set up in our LDRs as needed, usually 10" to 1 hr before use. (ex. I can set up the table on an epidural'd primip when she is +2 station...but I might set it up when my multip is 8cms.)

    IF we have a CROWD wandering around the birthing room, we try to open the table as close to the delivery as possible! (ex. pt had about 8 family members in room...someone brought them some lunch after the table was opened, and the dad-to-be set his sandwich down on the delivery setup table...even after being told to not touch it!)

    our c/s are opened as the pt moves into the OR and not before! Period! In cases of "crashes" we have a special sterile tray of basic instruments that lays directly on the mayo stand, is opened & ready to "go" in seconds!
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    Wow! For a minute there,Hazek, I thought we worked together. Only at where I work now have I seen the same practice. Where do you work? If I decide to have another ( already have 4 but wanting a girl really, really bad), and I'm near Nevada, I'll make sure I deliver where you're at. I'll know that I won't get an infection from my delivery there or where I work. If anyone's in Fl, I work at a wonderful place. A place filled with caring nurses who know how to work as a team and think about their patients. (well, I'm speaking about the night shift. Don't know about the day shift. Yet.) And we're building a new facility. If anyone wants to know, let me know. Funny, I think I also had the same dad who placed his McD's on the opened delivery table. I also had a grandma place her camera where she knew she'd be able to reach it- you guessed it, on the delivery table,too!


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