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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…

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…

Cesarean section rates vary widely in United States

A study in Health Affairs found that cesarean rates vary tenfold across hospitals, from 7.1% to 69.9%. “Cesarean delivery rates vary tenfold among US hospitals; reducing variation may…
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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…

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…

Ectopic pregnancy

Courtney Thomas*, a 30-year-old patient, is 6 weeks pregnant with occasional mild lower abdominal pain and vaginal spotting. While in the outpatient lab, she experiences a diaphoretic episode…
Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes

Early identification aids proper management.  CNE: 1.5 contact Hours Learning Objectives: Describe causes and risk factors of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and associated maternal complications and fetal risks. Discuss…

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…
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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. (more…)

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…

Perinatal bereavement

Whether a baby dies from miscarriage, stillbirth, or after birth, families experience grief. How medical professionals respond during this vulnerable time will affect families for the rest of…

Pregnant women and drug trials

Read a thoughtful essay from Melinda Wenner Moyer on clinical trials in women who are pregnant: http://blogs.plos.org/bodypolitic/2011/01/06/why-pregnant-women-deserve-drug-trials/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+plos%2Fblogs%2Fmain+%28Blogs+-+Main%29.
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Q&A with the Executive Director of AWHONN

In May, we celebrate Nurses’ Week, Women’s Health Week, and Mother’s Day. In the spirit of these celebrations, we asked Joseph C. Isaacs, CAE, Executive Director of the…

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…

Stroke in pregnancy on the rise

A study published by Stroke found that the number of strokes in pregnant women has risen, especially for those in the postpartum period. Read more.

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