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Cord Care

  Verify the patient's identity using two patient identifiers in accordance with institutional policy.

  1. Examine the cord for any abnormalities, its level of dryness, security of the cord clamp, and any bleeding or drainage. Examined for signs of infection such as pus drainage; hot, reddened skin; swelling; and fever.
  2. Remove the infant's diaper, if necessary. Cleanse the cord and surrounding area with sterile water on a cotton swab, working from the cord base outward.
  3. Dry the cord stump and surrounding area well, using clean, dry gauze.
  4. Using a cotton swab and working from the cord base outward, apply an antiseptic solution in accordance with institutional policy.
  5. Apply a clean diaper and fold the top edge down below the navel area.
  6. Remove gloves and discard with supplies in proper trash receptacles. Perform hand hygiene.
  7. Document the procedure in the patient's record.