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Virginia Administrative Code

Part VII. Prevention of Blindness from Ophthalmia Neonatorum

12VAC5-90-140. Procedure for preventing ophthalmia neonatorum.

The physician, nurse, or midwife in charge of the infant's care after delivery of a baby shall ensure that one of the following is administered in each eye of that newborn baby as soon as possible after birth: (i) two drops of a 1.0% silver nitrate solution; (ii) a 1-cm ribbon of 1.0% tetracycline ophthalmic ointment; or (iii) a 1-cm ribbon of 0.5% erythromycin ophthalmic ointment. This treatment shall be recorded in the medical record of the infant.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-35 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-28-100 § 7.1, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 13, eff. March 28, 2011.

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