The eyes and the navel are the two principal infection atria in the new-born child and the conscientious obstetrician realizes his responsibility by attending to these parts personally, instead of leaving them to the care of a nurse. At least 10 per cent. of the blindness of the world is caused by ophthalmia neonatorum, which might be prevented by the use of Credé's method of disinfection of the eyes.
After the eyes have been attended to, the physician cleanses the abdomen and cord as thoroughly as possible and covers them with an aseptic dressing. In thus scrupulously discharging his duties, the physician has the satisfaction of knowing that he is improving statistics with regard to the occurrence of omphalitis, tetanus and ophthalmia neonatorum.
With the assistance of Messrs. Seabury & Johnson—whom I wish to thank for their faithful attention to the details furnished them—I have designed a packet of sterilized
PENN BS. A PACKET OF ASEPTIC MATERIALS FOR THE CARE OF THE NAVEL AND THE EYES OF THE NEW-BORN CHILD. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(22):1830. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210220056002d
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