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Variation in Visiting and Isolation Policies in Neonatal Units: A U.K. Nationwide Survey

Tan, Shin BMBS; Clarkson, Martin BSc; Sharkey, Don PhD, FRCPCH

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: January 2018 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 - p e20–e22
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001820
Brief Reports

Global pandemics, such as H1N1, are a major risk for neonatal patients. We surveyed U.K. 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.

From the Academic Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Accepted for publication March 4, 2017.

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

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Don Sharkey, PhD, FRCPCH, Neonatal Medicine, Academic Child Health, E floor, East Block, University Hospital, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, United Kingdom. E-mail:

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