Help with newborn assessment please
- 0Nov 22, '12 by 69steelWhat would be the 4 most important assessments to do on a newborn straight after the birth to determine wellbeing of baby? Thanks!
- 2Nov 22, '12 by akulahawkRNQuote from 69steelThis sounds a little bit like a homework question. When you meet a patient for the first time, as you would with a newborn, what four things do you check first? Remember, you are looking for whether or not your brand-new patient is stable…What would be the 4 most important assessments to do on a newborn straight after the birth to determine wellbeing of baby? Thanks!
Think upon that for a bit, then post what you think.
- 0Nov 22, '12 by 1busymaniam69steel,
Ok the one minute apgar then five minute apgar are very necessary. In those few minutes between apgars you can you can assess for retractions/use of accessory muscles in respiration. Is the trachea midline. What are the newborn's oxygen sats? Would Narcan be appropriate? What about a blood glucose level? I am sure the temp is dropping mildly but it will rebound upward. I have recesitated/stabilized maybe 7-8 newborns then go back and calculate the one minute and five minute apgar later. Measurements, footprints and armband can be done later.
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