Reducing risk of infection when obtaining hematocrit and bilirubin determinations: beyond universal precautions.

E. A. Leistikow, W. N. Mack, T. M. de Sierra, B. N. Leistikow, M. F. Collin, N. J. Carrasco

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Obtaining hematocrit and bilirubin determinations is associated with infection risks, including human immunodeficiency virus infection. This study describes two simple procedures to decrease the risk of infection to health care providers while obtaining hematocrit and bilirubin determinations. Using readily available, inexpensive items (nonsterile gauze, a standard file, and plastic holder) and some simple techniques, the risk of infection can be decreased without increasing the time required. We believe these procedures are very reasonable and simple solutions to a common nursery problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-9
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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