Flashcards in OXYTOCIN (Pitocin) Deck (1):
Name/Class: OXYTOCIN (Pitocin)/Hormone
Description: Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone that causes the uterus to contract, thereby inducing labor, encouraging delivery of the placenta, and controlling postpartum hemorrhage.
Indications: Severe postpartum hemorrhage.
Contraindications: Hypersensitivity, prehospital administration before delivery of the infant or infants.
Precautions: Before delivery may induce uterine rupture and fetal dysrhythmias, hypertension, intracranial bleeding, or asphyxia. Uterine tone, ECG, and vital signs should be monitored during administration.
Dosage/Route: 3 to 10 units IM after delivery of the placenta. 10 to 20 units in 1,000 mL of D5W or NS IV titrated to effect.