Oregon Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division

Rule Rule 333-019-0036
Other Disease Specific Provisions: Special Precautions Relating to Pregnancy and Childbirth

(1)(a) Blood samples drawn from women during pregnancy or at delivery pursuant to ORS 433.017 (Test of blood of pregnant woman required) shall be submitted for standard tests for reportable infectious diseases or conditions which may affect a pregnant woman or fetus. Routine tests submitted shall include syphilis, hepatitis B, and HIV. Tests using bodily fluids other than blood that have equal or better sensitivity and specificity may be substituted for the blood test.


“Consent of the patient to take a sample of blood” (as stated in ORS 433.017 (Test of blood of pregnant woman required), section 3) or other bodily fluid, is defined as notifying the patient or her authorized representative of the tests which will be conducted on that specimen. The patient or her authorized representative shall be informed that she may decline any or all of the tests.


If a patient declines any of the offered tests, documentation shall be included in the medical record.


Any health care provider attending the birth of an infant shall evaluate whether the newborn is at risk for gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum. The primary means of assessing risk shall be review of results of prenatal testing and maternal history of risk factors for gonococcal. If the infant is determined to be at risk, or risk cannot be adequately assessed, the person attending the birth shall ensure that the newborn receives erythromycin or tetracycline ophthalmic ointment or silver nitrate 1 percent aqueous solution into each eye within two hours after delivery.

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