Experience with cross-infections in hospital nurseries, especially with infectious diarrhea, has led to the conviction that anything which enters the mouth or nose of a newborn infant must be sterile and that the chief source of a cross-infection is the contaminated hand. Thorough handwashing is an important factor in preventing the transmission of disease. The technique here recommended is effective, while avoiding the excessive irritation of the skin often caused by older methods. The imminent hazards of rows of contiguous bassinets in nurseries are avoided by rooming-in, the ultimate aim being to transfer the newborn infant to a cubicled bassinet adjacent to the mother's room as soon as feasible.
Sauer LW. INNOVATIONS IN HOSPITAL CARE OF NEWBORN INFANTS. JAMA. 1959;170(9):1035–1037. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010090025005
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