WI law re newborn erythromycin and vit K?

  1. Hi. I am a Michigan RN who needs to know, for her best friend in Wisconsin, what the state laws are, if any, about vitamin K and erythromycin for newborns. Michigan law is (apparently) that erythromycin is required within one hour of birth. However, my hospital has (old, dusty) erythromycin declination (refusal) forms.

    Anyone know what's up in Wisconsin? I spent hours searching online, and got nowhere.

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  3. by   babynurselsa
    This is something she should discuss with her OB.If she is opting to decline these things she will probably be required to sign a declination form, like you mentioned.
    She will also need to discuss these wishes when she admits to the hospital.
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    Her best bet is to talk to her OB, as had been said.

    Now a little ancedote, we just flew out a 2 week old with neonatal sepsis. The parents declined everything at birth. No e-mycian, no Vit K, no Hep B, nothing...nada. Did this cause the sepsis? Hard to tell, but it sure didn't help.

    I believe all newborns should at the very least get Vit K and e-mycian ointment.

    That is my 2 cents worth on this.

    Last edit by 2ndCareerRN on Aug 22, '05