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INTRODUCTION

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The following table, Transmission-Based Precautions for Perinatal/Neonatal Patients in conjunction with Standard Precautions, is based on current knowledge and practices in the fields of epidemiology, pediatrics, and perinatology. Published resource references are listed immediately after the table.

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Instructions for Using Precautions for Perinatal/Neonatal Patients Table

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  • Each disease is considered individually so that only precautions indicated to interrupt transmission for that disease are recommended.

  • The column “Maternal Precautions” describes the precautions to be used by staff providing care to the mother.

  • The column “Neonatal Precautions” describes the precautions to be used by staff, patients, or visitors in contact with the neonate.

  • Staff should assess the mother's ability to wash hands correctly and comply with precautions when determining the appropriateness of permitting rooming in.

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Precautions shall be initiated for suspected as well as confirmed infectious diseases/conditions.

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