Ready or not - Intrapartum prevention of perinatal HIV transmission in Illinois

Ann E. Bryant Borders, Rebecca L. Eary, Yolanda Olszewski, Anne Statton, Arden Handler, Mardge H. Cohen, Patricia M. Garcia

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Objectives: The overall readiness of Illinois birthing hospitals to comply with the 2003 Illinois HIV Perinatal Prevention Act and prevent perinatal HIV transmission, and the hospital characteristics that predict readiness were examined. Methods: Nurse Managers of all 137 Illinois birthing hospitals were surveyed regarding current labor and delivery (L&D) practices for HIV status identification, documentation, testing and zidovudine (AZT) availability in March 2004. Bivariate and multivariable regression analysis was performed. Results: All 137 hospitals returned the surveys. Almost forty seven percent of Illinois birthing hospitals had adequate maternal HIV status documentation on arrival in L&D, 72.3% documented prenatal HIV results in the L&D chart, 65.7% documented prenatal HIV in the newborn chart, 38.7% ordered HIV tests on L&D if no prenatal HIV status was available, and 61.3% had AZT available. Only 17 hospitals (12.4%) met requirements for overall readiness to prevent perinatal HIV transmission. Sixteen hospitals (11.6%) met a minimal level of readiness (prenatal HIV status documentation and AZT availability). Conclusions: Despite passage of legislation to increase perinatal HIV testing and reduce transmission, Illinois birthing hospitals had an overall low level of readiness to implement the intrapartum interventions that are an essential part of eradicating pediatric HIV infection. Perinatal reduction protocols and implementation guidelines would improve the overall readiness of Illinois birthing hospitals to prevent perinatal HIV transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-493
Number of pages9
JournalMaternal and child health journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Birthing hospitals
  • Perinatal HIV legislation
  • Perinatal HIV prevention
  • Perinatal HIV testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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