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Generic Name: Erythromycin Classification: Anti infective; Macrolide antibiotics Mechanism of Action: The drug acts by binding with

50s subunit of susceptible bacterial ribosomes thereby inhibiting protein synthesis in bacterial cells and causing cell death Desired Effect: This drug is given as prophylaxis for possible eye infections which could be acquired during the birthing process including that of opthalmia neonatorum o Nursing Responsibilities 1. Avoid touching the tip of the tube against the eye or anything else Rationale: The ointment must be kept clean and to avoid contamination. 2. Place the tube as near as possible to the eyelid without touching it. Rationale: To avoid contamination. 3. Apply a a small amount of ointment into the lower conjuctival sac from inner to outer canthus. Rationale: 4. Gently close your eyes and keep them closed for 1 to 2 minutes. Rationale: To allow the medication to be absorbed.