Patient safety is our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have revised policies as needed to help stop the spread of infection. There have been policy changes that affect labor and delivery for pregnant patients. If you have patients who will deliver in the next month, please let them know of the changes that will affect who can be present at the birth.
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Care protocols for mothers and inpatient infants
Norton Healthcare is closely following the recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for the treatment of mothers who test positive for the coronavirus and infants born to those mothers.
Mothers can choose to have a test for COVID-19 when they are admitted for delivery.
We are following the AAP’s recommendations for testing infants born to mothers who test positive for COVID-19. The infants are tested at 24 and 48 hours.
Should these children be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the children will be placed in COVID-19 isolation for 14 days should they remain hospitalized, even if the infant tests negative during both the 24- and 48-hour screens. This is due to the known 14-day