§ 27.98. Prophylactic treatment of newborns.
(a) Physicians and midwives attending women in childbirth shall instill in each eye of the newborn child, as soon as practicable after birth, either a 1% silver nitrate solution, or erythromycin ophthalmic ointment or solution as a single application in both conjunctival sacs, or appropriate medication approved by the Department.
(b) If the parent or guardian of the newborn child objects on the ground that the prophylactic treatment conflicts with the parents or guardians religious beliefs or practices, or if in the opinion of the attending physician treatment is not advisable, prophylactic treatment shall be withheld.
(c) An entry in the childs hospital record indicating the reason for withholding treatment shall be made and signed by the attending physician and the parent or guardian.
The provisions of this § 27.98 issued under section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 532(g)); section 16 of the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955 (35 P. S. § 521.16); and section 803 of the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P. S. § 448.803).
The provisions of this § 27.98 amended May 4, 1984, effective May 5, 1984, 14 Pa.B. 1553; amended January 25, 2002, effective January 26, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 491. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (243678).
This section cited in 28 Pa. Code § 137.24 (relating to delivery room procedures); 28 Pa. Code § 139.23 (relating to delivery suite services); and 28 Pa. Code § 501.49 (relating to newborn infant care policies and procedures).
No part of the information on this site may be reproduced for profit or sold for profit.
This material has been drawn directly from the official Pennsylvania Code full text database. Due to the limitations of HTML or differences in display capabilities of different browsers, this version may differ slightly from the official printed version.