Labor Progression Case Study (45 min)
A 27-year-old female who is 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant, with contractions occurring once every 10 minutes. The patient is checked in, vital signs are normal, fetal heart tones are normal and the mother and father to-be are settled into their room for the night. It is 4 am and the call light goes off. The patient reports she is feeling contractions every 2 minutes now and she thinks her water may have broken.
The nurse prepares to test the fluid that has leaked down the patients’ leg. The test comes back positive for amniotic fluid. The nurse informs the doctor and prepares the patient to deliver.
The nurse is prepared for the delivery and is talking the mother through her breathing, the cervix is dilated to 7 cm and the contractions are now 1 minute apart.
Vital signs are as follows:
RR 30 bpm
HR 125 bpm
BP 110/67 mmHg
Fetal HR 133 bpm
The nurse checks the presentation of the baby and notes the baby head is in the vertex position, the bottom is in the frank position and baby is in the -1 station.
The nurse monitors mom and baby for another hour and upon re-checking the position of the baby the nurse notes that the baby is now +1 station and the cardinal movement is descent and flexion.
As the baby is delivered the occiput is facing the right side of the pelvis and towards the front.
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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