Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Pocket Guide, Prenatal - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Pocket Guide - Prenatal

Pocket guide to assist prenatal health care providers with recommended strategies to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

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Management of Pregnant Women
Management of Delivery and Infant
Screening and Referral Algorithm for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection among Pregnant Women

Management of Pregnant Women

Prenatal HBsAg Testing

  • Test ALL pregnant women during an early prenatal visit in EACH pregnancy, even if tested before or previously
    vaccinated.
  • Send copy of lab report with the HBsAg-positive results to the delivery hospital and the infant’s health care provider.
  • Report to MDH all HBsAg-positive women within one
    working day of knowledge of the pregnancy.
  • Refer for or provide HBsAg-positive women with counseling and medical management. Give the following information:
    • Modes of hepatitis B transmission.
    • Perinatal concerns (i.e., HBsAg-positive mothers may breastfeed, treatment of newborns for exposure to
      hepatitis B).
    • Prevention of hepatitis B to contacts, include testing
      and/or hepatitis B vaccination for household, sexual, and needle-sharing contacts.
    • Substance abuse treatment and/or mental health care if appropriate.

Management of Delivery and Infant

At admission for delivery:

  • Review HBsAg status of all pregnant women. Perform STAT
    testing if HBsAg result for the current pregnancy is
    unavailable.
  • Retest HBsAg-negative women (at time of hospital delivery)
    if high-risk for infection.
  • Place copy of maternal HBsAg results in labor/delivery record, infant’s delivery summary, and nursery medical record.

After delivery:

Infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers:

  • Give hep B vaccine and HBIG within 12 hours of birth.
  • Complete hep B vaccine series.
  • Perform post-vaccination serology at 9-12 months.

Screening and Referral Algorithm for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection among Pregnant Women

Updated Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 04:19PM