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- by ERNurse752 Feb 22, '03Can anyone tell me what in what general locations FHT's can be found, according to weeks?
Seems like every other pt I've had lately is pg, and I always have to search and search to find them...
- Feb 22, '03 by ShandyLynnRNbasically they are anywhere and everywhere. If they are early pregnancy, 20 weeks and less, I have the most luck finding them right at the pubic bone, usually to the patients left slightly. If you are using a doppler, I find that sometimes just tilting it slightly will hear them in the exact spot that you didn't hear them before. In a closer to term pregnancy, I start in the LLQ, then around the umbilicus, then the RLQ.... Good luck!
- Feb 22, '03 by ERNurse752Thanks!
- Feb 22, '03 by shayThose little 16-19 week buggers are usually hanging out near the middle of the pubic bone. Sneaky little critters.
- Feb 22, '03 by neneRNI always ask where FHTs were heard at their last OB visit, most times they can tell you and they're still in the same spot.
- Feb 22, '03 by rdhdnrsIf they're anywhere past say 30 weeks, the mom usually knows. Just ask her. I always say, Mama always knows where her baby is!!
- Feb 26, '03 by NurseyNurseyBravo to you for being at least willing to check, some of our ER nurses find out you are pregnant and then every problem you have is obstetrical as far as they are concerned.
- Feb 26, '03 by LilgirlRNYou can hardly go wrong with listening in the top edge of teh pubic hair at any gestational age. Lots of times I can hear the baby moving but never "catch" him/her and then sometimes I don't hear the baby at all but I can hear the "uterine souffle`" so we know the placenta is attached. Most of the time we end up sending them for a U/S anyway. I hate it when mom's come in and I get FHT's and a couple of hours later they miscarry anyway. So sad
- Feb 27, '03 by ERNurse752Originally posted by NurseyNursey
Bravo to you for being at least willing to check, some of our ER nurses find out you are pregnant and then every problem you have is obstetrical as far as they are concerned.
Pregnancy/labor/delivery/infants fascinate me, so I'm actually glad when we have OB pts in the ED...I get to learn fun new things!
(well, sometimes fun...)