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What does an ultrasound allow for

For early diagnosis of complications, permits earlier interventions, and thereby decreases neonatal,and maternal morbidity and mortality


What are the 3 types of ultrasounds

Internal transvaginal ultrasound
External abdominal ultrasound
Transvaginal ultrasound


What is a external transvaginal ultrasound

An invasive procedure in which a probe is inserted vaginally to,allow for a more accurate evaluation
The advantage of this procedure is that it does not reunite a full bladder


What is a external abdominal ultrasound

A safe, non invasive, painless procedure whereby a transducer is moved over a clients abdomen to produce an image
It is more useful especially during after the 1st trimester when the gravid uterus is larger


What is a transvaginal ultrasound

It may also be used in the 3rd trimester in conjunction with abdominal scanning to evaluate for preterm labor


What is a ultrasound blood flow analysis

A non invasive external ultrasound method to study the maternal fetal blood flow by measuring the velocity at which RBCs travel in the uterine and fetal vessels using a handheld ultrasound device that reflects sound waves fro a moving target


What should the client be advised about before having a ultrasound

Drink 1-2 quarts of fluid prior to ultrasound to fill the bladder, lift and stabilize the uterus, displace the bowel, and act as an echolucent to better reflect sound waves to obtain a better image of the fetus


How should the client be placed prior to an ultrasound

Assist the client In A supine position with a wedge placed under her right hip to displace the uterus ( prevents supine hypotension)


How should the client be positioned for a transvaginal ultrasound

Assist the client into a lithotomy position


What's a biophysical profile ( BPP)

A BPP uses a real time ultrasound to visualize physical and physiological characteristics of the fetus and to observe for fetal biophysical responses to stimuli


How does the BPP assess for fetal wellbeing

By measuring 5 variables with a score of 2 for each normal finding and 0 for each abnormal finding


How does a nurse interpret a BPP

A total,score of 8-10 is normal with a low risk for chronic fetal asphyxia.
4-6 is abnormal; suspect chronic fetal asphyxia
A score below 4 is abnormal; strongly suspect chronic fetal asphyxia


What is a no stress test (NST)

It is the mostly used technique for antepartum evaluation of fetal wellbeing.
It is a non invasive procedure that monitors response of the FHR TO FETAL MOVEMENT!


How is a non stress test performed?

A Doppler transducer used to monitor the FHR and a tocotransducer used to monitor uterine contractions are attached externally to the woman's abdomen to obtain tracing strips. The client pushes a button attached to the monitor whenever she feels fetal movement so it can be recorded.
This allows the nurse to assess the FHR in relationship to the fetal movement


What is an ultrasound

A procedure lasting approx 20 min that consists of high wage frequency sound waves used to visualize internal organs and tissues producing a real time 3 dimensional image of the developing fetus and maternal structures (FHR, pelvic anatomy)


What are potential diagnosis for a nonstress test

Assessing for an intact fetal CNS during the third trimester.
Ruling out the risk for fetal death in clients who have DM, it is used 2x week until after 28 weeks gestation.


What is the interpretation of findings for a nonstress test

The NST is interpreted as REACTIVE if the FHR is a normal baseline rate with modern variability,accelerates to 15bpm for at least fifteen seconds and occurs 2 or more times during a 20 min period.

A NON REACTIVE indicates that the FHR does not accelerate adequately with fetal movement. It does not meet the above criteria after 40 min, if this is so, a further assessment such as a contraction stress test ( CST) or biophysical profile (BPP) is indicated.


What is a nipple stimulated contraction stress test?

It consists of a woman lightly brushing her palm across her nipple for 2 min!; which causes the pituitary gland to release endogenous oxytocin,and the. Stopping the nipple stimulation when the contractions begin. The same process is repeated after a ( min rest period.


What is the analysis of a nipple stimulated CST?

Analysis of FH Response to contractions ( which decreases placental blood flow) determines how the fetus will tolerate the stress of labor. A pattern of 3 contractions within a 10 mi. Time period with a duration of 40-60 seconds each must be obtained to use for assessment data.


What is CST

Contraction stress test


What is a oxytocin (pitocin) CST?

It is used if nipple stimulation fails and consists of the IV administration of oxytocin to induce uterine contractions. ( contractions starred with oxytocin at be difficult to stop and can lead to preterm labor)


What is the interpretation of findings for a CST

A negative CST ( normal finding) is indicated if within a 10 min period, with 3 uterine contractions, and there are also no late decelerations of the FHR
A positive CST ( abnormal finding ) is indicated with persistent and consistent late decelerations on more than 1/2 the contractions. This is suggestive of uteroplacental insufficiency. Variable decelerations may indicate cord compression, and early decelerations may indicate fetal head compression. Based on the findings the dr. May induce labor or perform a C section!


What is amniocentesis

The aspiration of amniotic fluid for analysis by insertion of a needle transabdominally into a clients uterus and amniotic sac under direct ultrasound guidance locating the placenta and determining the position of the fetus.


When Can an amniocentesis be performed?

After 14 weeks gestation


What are potential diagnosis for a amniocentesis

Previous birth with a chromosomal anomaly
Parent who is a carrier of a chromosomal anomaly
Family he of neural tube defects
Prenatal diagnosis of a genetic disorder at congenital anomaly
Alpha veto protein level for fetal abnormalities
Luna maturity assessment
Fetal hemolytic disease
Meconium in the amniotic fluid


What is the interpretation of findings for alpha fetoprotein (AFP) In amniocentesis

Alpha fetoprotein can Be measured from the amniotic fluid between 16-18 weeks gestation and may be used to assess for neural tube defects in the fetus or chromosomal disorders
It may be evaluated to follow up a high level of AFP in maternal serum


What may high levels of alpha fetoprotein be assoc with

Neural tube defects, such as anencephaly, spina bifida, or omphalocele.


What is anencephaly

Incomplete development of fetal skull and brain


What is spina bifida

Open spine


What is omphalocele

Abdominal wall defect