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The DC Code: § 7-801 Prophylactic solution to be administered.

Index7 Human Health Care and Safety. (Refs & Annos)

The Mayor may, upon the advice of the Commissioner of Public Health and pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, issue rules to prevent and monitor the occurrence of ophthalmia in newborns. Unless the Mayor provides otherwise, each physician or nurse-midwife who delivers or otherwise assumes the initial care of a newborn shall immediately upon that delivery or assumption of care administer to each eye of the newborn a 1% solution of silver nitrate, an ophthalmic ointment containing either 1% tetracycline or 0.5% erythromycin, or another prophylactic approved by the Mayor.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 6-301. 1973 Ed., § 6-201. Legislative History of Laws Law 6-83, the "Preventive Health Services Amendments Act of 1985," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 6-99, which was referred to the Committee on Human Services. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 5, 1985, and November 19, 1985, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on November 27, 1985, it was assigned Act No. 6-108 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. Miscellaneous Notes Office of Director of Public Health abolished: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7-101. DC CODE § 7-801 Current through December 11, 2012


(Apr. 27, 1937, 50 Stat. 120, ch. 144, § 1; Aug. 1, 1950, 64 Stat. 393, ch. 513, § 1; Feb. 21, 1986, D.C. Law 6-83, § 4(a), 32 DCR 7276.)