23.10 Eye Prophylaxis for Newborn

Print

Overview

  1. Given to protect from neonatal conjunctivitis or ophthalmia neonatorum caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea

Nursing Points

General

  1. Required by law in US
    1. Parents have the right to refuse
  2. These conditions are transmitted to newborn in birth canal by mother infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia
  3. If not treated, can ultimately cause blindness

Assessment

  1. Assess eyes for redness or drainage

Therapeutic Management

  1. Give by 1 hours of life
  2. Open eyes
  3. Apply ointment from inner canthus to outer
  4. Don’t wipe off, will absorb

Nursing Concepts

  1. Pharmacology
  2. Infection control

Patient Education

  1. Educate mother/support system about this before you apply
  2. Educate mother/support system not to wipe it off

NRSNG is the BEST place to learn nursing. Save 4+ hours of studying per week.

Start a 24 hour full access trial for just $1.

Start NRSNG Academy Trial

Module 0 – Pharmacology Course Introduction

Module 3 – Disease Specific Medications

Study Plans are available to NRSNG Academy Members only.Upgrade Now