Maternity center receives hepatitis B program recognition

7/2/2018

The Texas Department of State Health Services has recognized the Truett and Margaret Crim Maternity Center at Hunt Regional Medical Center for its participation in the Texas Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program. A certificate was presented to the department in honor of the hospital’s commitment to administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

It is estimated that between 1000-1500 infants are born to women infected with hepatitis B each year. The virus is transmitted by exposure to infectious blood or body fluids. Infection around the time of birth or from contact with other people's blood during childhood are the most frequent methods by which hepatitis B is acquired in children.

The Texas Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program was established in 1991 and works alongside public and private healthcare providers and coalitions to prevent perinatal hepatitis B transmission. The Program assists with and provides surveillance, case management, promotion of the universal birth dose, and collaboration between local health departments, medical providers, and laboratories.

The ten objectives of the program are:

  • Ensure that all pregnant women are tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).
  • Ensure reporting and tracking of HBsAg-positive pregnant women.
  • Ensure that delivery facilities/hospitals receive all prenatal HBsAg lab reports prior to delivery.
  • Ensure identification and management of infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers.
  • Ensure reporting of infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers.
  • Ensure identification and case management of infants born to mothers of unknown HBsAg status.
  • Ensure timely completion of the hepatitis B vaccine series for all infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers.
  • Ensure timely completion of post vaccination serologic testing (PVST) for all infants born to HBsAg-positive women.
  • Ensure vaccination of household contacts 24 months of age and younger.
  • Ensure program quality, monitoring, and evaluation.
To learn more about the Truett and Margaret Crim Maternity Center, click here.

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