Infection Control After Birth
The nursing staff of every nursery has to guard against the occasional outbreaks of staphylococcus and other infections. Aseptic technique must be employed to prevent the spread of infection from staff to the babies and from one baby to another. First, staff members are required to wash their hands thoroughly and wear masks and gloves before entering the nursery. They must also discard their gloves, wash their hands again, and put on a new pair of gloves before going from one child to another. Hospital policy is supposed to require that any nurse or nurse's aide who has a cold or any other infectious disease not work in the nursery while they are sick. In addition, the staff must know if a mother had an infectious disease that could have been transmitted during gestation or birth. Infection control issues and isolation techniques are covered later.