Post-Partum Assessment Nursing Mnemonic
- E-Episiotomy-laceration/C-section – incision
Make sure to assess the following in patients postpartum: 1. Breasts – engorgement 2. Uterus -check for bogginess (firming up and dropping to original location) 3. Bowel- flatus, bowel movement, frequency 4. Bladder – note frequency and amount of urination. Patient may have a catheter, check for anything unusual like blood or sediment in urine. 5. Lochia – normal post-partum vaginal discharge, note color and amount 6. Episiotomy-laceration/C-section-incision – check for any signs that wound is not properly healing. (See acronym REEDA to assess episiotomy)
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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