Section 12.13 - Determination of blood group and Rh type and administration of Rh immune globulin

12.13 Determination of blood group and Rh type and administration of Rh immune globulin. (a) It shall be the duty of the physician, licensed midwife or nurse practitioner attending a pregnant woman to take or cause to be taken a sample of her blood at the time of first examination or if this has not been done, as soon thereafter as practicable and prior to the time of delivery or other termination of pregnancy, whether induced or spontaneous. If the sample has not been taken and the pregnancy terminates as a result of an emergency, it shall be taken at the time of termination of the pregnancy. Such sample shall be submitted to an approved laboratory for the determination of blood group and Rh type.

(b) It shall further be the duty of the attending physician, licensed midwife or nurse practitioner to evaluate every such patient for the risk of sensitization to Rho (D) antigen and if the use of Rh immune globulin is indicated, and the patient consents, to cause an appropriate dosage thereof to be administered to her as soon as possible within 72 hours after delivery or other termination of pregnancy, whether induced or spontaneous.
 

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2000
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