Comrades in the general pediatric units:
Do you use protective isolation (neonatal isolation= birth to 6 weeks) on your newborns? I am working on policy and procedure for this quite possibly antiquated policy. The majority of our Pediatrician are alright about dropping this policy. We do have one hold-out that insists that policy continues. I believe that if the neonate is high-risk, i.e. premature or septic that we should place in protective isolation, but otherwise the run of the mill bili-baby would benefit by universal precautions. What is your opinion?