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Table 2 Diagnostic, therapeutic and administrative practices to manage neonatal infections in hospitals where participants were working at the time of the survey

From: Reducing neonatal infections in south and south central Vietnam: the views of healthcare providers

Question Response Percent
1. In your opinion, which is the most appropriate method to detect neonatal infection in your department? (One or more): History 48
Clinical assessment 78
Biochemical examination (CRP) 63
Culture 46
Environmental evaluation 24
2. Do you routinely perform blood cultures for neonatal sepsis in your department? Yes 42
No 58
3 Where are blood cultures analyzed? In my hospital 100
In another public hospital 0
In a private laboratory 0
4. How long does it take to receive the C-reactive protein or white blood count analysis? <3 hours 85
3-6 hours 12
6-12 hours 3
>12 hours 0
5 How long does it take to receive the blood culture analysis? 2 days 14
3-4 days 41
5-6 days 24
>6 days 21
6. Is an antibiogram usually included with the blood culture results? Always 91
Sometimes 9
Never 0
7. Do admitted neonates routinely receive prophylactic antibiotics? Always 15
Only on positive history and signs 75
Never 10
8. For admitted neonates, what is your antibiotic strategy prior to receiving blood culture analysis? Start with single antibiotic 33
Start with two antibiotics 49
Start with three antibiotics 18
9. How do you choose the antibiotic(s) Individual decision 25
Department protocol 37
Collaborative team decision 38
10. Who pays for analysis of the blood culture? Hospital 8
Patient’s family 9
Patient’s insurance 79
Other 4
11. Are there routine meetings to discuss/monitor infection control procedures and trends? Yes 89
No 9
Not stated 2
12: If yes to Q11, how often are the meetings? Weekly 12
Monthly 33
Quarterly 49
Bi-annually 0
Annually 4
Not stated 2
13. If yes to Q11, who participates in these meetings? Doctors only 6
Nurses only 4
Doctors and nurses (‘clinicians’) 27
ID staff and/or administrators only 12
Clinicians + ID staff &/or administrators 49
Not stated 2
  1. (data are presented as percentages).