Maternity

Preventing postpartum newborn falls

Work as a team to identify maternal and environmental risks. Takeaways: Nurses can identify risk factors for infant falls and proactively intervene and reverse risky scenarios. Nurses can lead non-nursing personnel to assist in preventing...

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is the official month for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, an important time to recognize families and individuals who have suffered such a loss. Additionally, October 15th is recognized as the World Pregnancy...

Intimate partner violence in pregnancy

Screening, assessment, and intervention. Takeaways  According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32.4% of women in the United States have experienced physical violence by and intimate partner and 19.1% have reported complete or attempted...

Pain in infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy

Infants exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant react more strongly to pain, according to a study in Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. Read more at PennState and access the article here.

Prescription drugs in pregnant and nursing women

On May 8, the FDA released two draft guidance documents designed to improve understanding of effects of prescription drugs in pregnant and nursing women. Read more at fda.gov.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection

Be aware of this often misdiagnosed and possibly deadly condition. Takeaways:  Nurses should have a high level of suspicion for spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) when patients, especially young women, present with chest pain and...

Night shifts and miscarriages

Nurses are all too familiar with the disadvantages of night shift work, including deleterious effects on general health (including sleep disturbance and weight gain), personal life (disrupted time with family and friends), and professional...
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FDA approves diagnostic test for breast milk nutrients

On December 21, 2018, the FDA approved the Miris Human Milk Analyzer, a new diagnostic test to help clinicians measure nutrients in breast milk, including the concentration of fat, carbohydrate, protein, total solids and...
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Critically ill obstetric patients

Be prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients in critical care settings. Takeaways: Some critical care nurses have reported that they don’t feel prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients with serious conditions. ...

Does folic acid really prevent pre-eclampsia?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The answer to that question, it turns out, is no. A recent randomized trial found that high-dose folic acid does not prevent pre-eclampsia. The study, published in...
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A case of obstetrical sepsis

Quick action results in a positive outcome. By Debra A. Hrelic, PhD, RNC Takeaways: In sepsis, tachycardia and tachypnea are a response to an increased metabolic rate and the body's effort to sustain perfusion to the vital...
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New Zika guidance for pregnant women from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its interim guidance for health care professionals caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. According to the July 24 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...

Cervical length good predictor of labor

When the cervix measured more than 30 mm at a woman's due date, she had a less than a 50% chance of delivering within 7 days, but when the cervix measures 10 mm or...