OB Question -What is "nadir" in regards to fetal monitoring strips?

  1. Hello everyone, I just started OB this semester and would like to know what is the definition of "nadir" in regards to fetal monitoring strips and NOT chemotherapy? Every time I search it online, it states solely for chemo, but that's not what I'm looking for; and my clinical instructor couldn't explain to our group either, but said she'll look into it. If you can explain to me like I'm 4 years old, I'd appreciate it!

    Also, I wouldn't mind someone's simpler explanation of deceleration types and any references you have that may help. Thank you much!
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  3. by   ßåߥ
    Nadir is the lowest point after the onset of an early/late deceleration and variable.

    We used VEAL CHOP

    V- Variable C- Cord compression
    E- Early H- Head compression
    A- Acceleration O- Okay
    L- Late P- Placenta insufficiency

    This thread has a lot of good information as well: Felat accelerations, decelerations, variable help
  4. by   Esme12
    You will find this article helpful......Interpretation of the Electronic Fetal Heart Rate During Labor
    Interpretation of the Electronic Fetal Heart Rate During Labor - May 1, 1999 - American Family Physician
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  6. by   nurseprnRN
    The definition of nadir applies to many situations:


       [ney-der, ney-deer] Show IPA
    noun1.Astronomy . the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite thezenith.

    2.Astrology . the point of a horoscope opposite the midheaven:the cusp of the fourth house.

    3.the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.

    In chemistries, it's the lowest point; in antibiotic monitoring, it's the lowest blood level (pre-dose)l in psych, it's the point the patient feels the worst.... you get the picture.