VEAL CHOP (OB Nursing Mnemonic)
Variable – Cord Compression
Early – Head Compression
Accelerations – Okay
Late – Placental Insufficiency
I have to be honest here . . . OB Nursing was NEVER an interest of mine even before nursing school. While I really enjoyed the rotation and feel fortunate to have seen several live births, it’s just not for me.
Because of this, it was always harder for me to feel motivated to study for OB so I ended up relying on mnemonics a bit to stay focused. VEAL CHOP is such a helpful mnemonic that will keep fetal accelerations and decelerations clear in your mind.
What we are trying to understand with this mnemonic is when to be concerned while monitoring the fetal heart rate. Watch the video above and download the sheet below to help you keep it straight.