(410 ILCS 215/3)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 4703)
It is the duty of all maternity homes and any and all
hospitals or places where women resort for purposes of childbirth, to
post and keep posted in conspicuous places in their institution, copies
of this act, and to instruct persons professionally employed in such
homes, hospitals and places regarding their duties under this act, and
to maintain such records of cases of ophthalmia neonatorum in the manner
and form prescribed by the Department of Public Health.
It shall be the duty of any physician, midwife or nurse who attends
or assists at the birth of a child, to instill or have instilled in each
eye of the new born baby, as soon as possible and not later than one
hour after birth, a one per cent (1%) solution of silver nitrate or some
other equally effective prophylactic for the prevention of ophthalmia
neonatorum approved by the State Department of Public Health.
(Source: Laws 1933, p. 714.)