Just wondering, in your NICU's, what are your policies on the length of your nails? I ask for risk of infection of course. Its funny though, we are not allowed to wear rings or watches, and must wash our hands 'till they bleed, but they dont seem to care about the length of our nails, even though studies have proven we harbor A LOT of bacteria under there. To make matters worse i just saw a news report about how long nails (that were not thoroughly scrubbed) on the nurses that worked in the NICU of several hospitals led to the death of some immunosupressed babies!! (Has anyone heard this?)
While all hcp's should have trim and clean nails, i think we NICU workers should be extra careful since our pateints skin is so delicate...one of our nurses left little cuts in the chest of a baby from doing cardiac compressions with her manicured nails...:uhoh21:
Am i going overboard here? I need oppinions! And what are the policies at your hospitals?
thanks so much!
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