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Variation in Visiting and Isolation Policies in Neonatal Units: A UK Nationwide Survey

Tan, Shin BMBS; Clarkson, Martin BSc; Sharkey, Don PhD, FRCPCH
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: Post Acceptance: November 03, 2017
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001820
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Global pandemics, such as H1N1, are a major risk for neonatal patients. We surveyed UK tertiary and district neonatal units about visiting and infection control policies relating to viral respiratory infections. There was marked variation with visiting policies, tertiary units being more restrictive. Isolation, screening and outbreak management of infected babies was highly variable posing a risk in future pandemics.

Funding Source: Dr Don Sharkey is supported by a Senior Clinical Lectureship Award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. There were no other funding sources for this work.

Acknowledgement: We would like to thank all the neonatal units who participated in our survey.

Address correspondence to: Dr. Don Sharkey, Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine,Academic Child Health, E floor, East Block, University Hospital, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK. Email don.sharkey@nottingham.ac.uk Tel: +44 115 8230602 Fax: +44 115 823 0626

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