I was wondering if I could get some enlightenment on what other NICU's across the country are doing in terms of infection control and see what is most common. I came from a unit with very strict infection control guidelines which made their infection rates almost non-existent. Since moving to a new facility, I am finding things are much more lax.... and it is causing me anxiety.:uhoh21:
how often are you guys changing clear line fluids? e.g. 0.9 N/S with Hep?
do you have any protocols for scrubbing in at the start of your shift?
do nurses have their own stethoscope that is "cleaned" in between babies or does each baby have their own?
what happens to items/supplies that fall on the floor?
how often are your kids receiving vanc?
have you seen co-workers touch their face and hair and then the baby and/or their supplies? ((ugh!!!!))
I have so many other examples... but I'm really just interested in my fellow NICU nurses telling me what things their unit does to curb infection rates, what they think works well, and what they think the unit can improve on.
Thanks in advance for your input!!!