For the purpose of this section, "maternity hospital" or
"lying-in place" means a place into which women are received for professional
care because of pregnancy. Each maternity hospital affected by section 19-43 of
the general statutes shall comply with the following requirements before a
license is issued:
service. There shall be a resident physician or consulting physician for
each maternity hospital who shall assume responsibility for the general
adequacy of medical nursing care rendered in the institution and who shall be
available for emergency in case of need, provided a practitioner of a healing
art entitled by law to practice obstetrics may conduct a maternity hospital
with a resident or consulting practitioner of a healing art licensed to
service. Each maternity hospital shall have a registered nurse in
attendance at all times for the mothers and infants and such nurse shall not
attend patients on any other service.
Cleanliness and management.
The building, equipment and surroundings shall be kept clean at all times and
the management and operation of the hospital shall be such as reasonably to
ensure the health, comfort and safety of the patients.
Building, space and equipment
The building, space and equipment requirements for a
maternity hospital shall be provided for as follows:
(1) Fire protection. The buildings, equipment
and precautions taken to provide for the safety of patients and employees in
case of fire shall be approved by the state commissioner of health.
(2) A separate unit. To insure complete
segregation of maternity patients and new-born infants from other types of
patients, a maternity hospital operated as a part of a general hospital shall
be in a separate unit of the institution and either have its own separate
sterilization equipment and supplies or be furnished with sterile supplies from
a central sterilizing room.
Nursery. Each maternity hospital shall maintain a separate room for a nursery
with a bassinet for each baby and one incubator for a premature infant, for
every ten or fewer bassinets. This is not to be construed to preclude
rooming-in accommodations when the hospital has adequate facilities, including
hot and cold running water, for the care of the mothers and infants.
(4) Delivery room. Each maternity hospital
shall have a separate delivery room which shall not be used for any patient
with an infection.
between beds. There shall be a space of at least three feet between
(6) Isolation facilities. A
separate room shall be available for the isolation of patients who develop
evidence of infection. Any indication of infection shall be reported
immediately to the physician who has assumed responsibility for adequacy of
care in the institution. Any obstetrical patient with a mouth temperature of
100.4°F. or more (excluding the first twenty-four hours after delivery) for
a period longer than twenty-four hours, as well as any other infection which
may be contagious irrespective of temperature readings, shall be isolated from
other maternity patients. Any infant showing evidence of infection of any kind
or any infant exposed to an infected mother shall be removed from the nursery.
Isolation technique shall be observed for all such cases.
(7) Temperature. The heating equipment shall
be such as will maintain a temperature of not less than 70°F. No oil or gas
heater shall be used in a room unless it is directly connected with a flue
which opens to the outside air.
Laboratory. There shall be laboratory equipment and reagents necessary to test
urine for albumin, sugar and acetone bodies.
(9) Other equipment. Each maternity hospital
shall have adequate equipment for resuscitation of infants.
complete record of each case shall be kept which shall include items of
information as may be required by the state department of health and shall
include all items necessary to fill out a death certificate for the mother and
all items necessary to fill out a birth certificate or a death certificate for
the baby, together with steps taken in handling the case.
following procedures shall be carried out for each case admitted to a maternity
(1) Each patient shall be attended
by a practitioner of the healing arts licensed to practice obstetrics or by a
(2) A specimen of blood
shall be taken from each patient for the Wasserman or Kahn or similar test and
submitted to a laboratory approved by the state department of health, unless
the attending physician writes and signs a note in the record that such test is
(3) Before removal
from the delivery room, each newborn infant shall be marked for identification
with a mark which shall not be removed while the child is in the
(4) All drugs,
disinfecting solution and other preparations kept in the institution shall be
distinctly and correctly labeled and kept readily available in a place approved
by the state department of health.
(5) Section 19-92 of the general statutes
reads as follows: "Any inflammation, swelling or unusual redness in the eyes of
any infant, either apart from or with any unnatural discharge from the eyes of
such infant, occurring at any time within two weeks after the birth of such
infant, shall, for the purposes of this section, be designated as 'inflammation
of the eyes of the newborn.' The professional attendant or other person caring
for a newborn infant shall report any such inflammation of the eyes of the
newborn to the local director of health within six hours after such condition
is observed. The person in attendance at the birth of any infant shall instill
into the eyes of such infant, immediately after birth, one or two drops of a
prophylactic solution approved by the state department of health. The state
department of health shall furnish in a convenient form for such use a
prophylactic solution for gratuitous distribution to persons licensed to
practice the healing arts or midwifery. Any person who violates any provision
of this section shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty
Duration of license. Each license shall terminate on the
thirty-first day of December of each year. A license may be revoked at any time
for just cause.