Emergency OB reference?

  1. Can any of you OB nurses recommend a good reference for emergency OB?

    Our OB dept. has closed temporarily, so these pts will need to be treated in the ED, and if delivery is imminent, they'll be delivering in the ED.:eek

    I have no OB exp except for what I had a million years ago as a student. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   shay
    Oh, crap. Wow. Bad for you guys!!!

    I dunno of any reference, unfortunately.........here's my question, will any OB docs be avail whilst all this is going on? I mean, since the OB dept. is closed and you folks are gonna be left holding everything, did they at least leave you a DOC??

    Scary. Keep 2 pr. kelly clamps, a pr. of scissors, and a bulb handy at all times.........??????? That's about as crash-course as I get.......
  4. by   fab4fan
    shay: I'm not sure about the OB docs...I guess we could page one of them, but pretty much it'll be our deal.

    You can't imagine how much this terrifies me. I hated OB in school; funny, it was one of my best areas on boards. Go figure!
  5. by   shay
    You know who you should ask?? Karen. She has a reference or link to everything. I swear the woman's brain is like the virtual library of congress.....

    I bet she could steer you in the right direction.

    I've talked to lots of OB-hating nurses (non OB nurses, of course) who said the same thing......hated it in school, aced it on boards. How ironic is that??
  6. by   anitame
    Here is a description of a book that is supposed to be excellent.
    A lot of nurses on a L & D listserve I subscribe to LOVE it. I plan to get it soon.

    LABOR AND DELIVERY IN MY POCKET by Nancy and Tony Martineu is printed in a 3" X 5" size so that it can be carried in your pocket- hence the name!!

    It includes emergency step-by-step actions- CCLS, NRP, emergency childbirth, antenatal bleeding, pregnancy complications, critical care, trauma, fetal death, LABS/Medications and much more... The charts are clear and concise. There are Spanish tranlastions too.

    This handy and concise book is a must use one for labor and delivery nurses, monitricies, and midwives. $19.95

    Try this link to purchase
    http://www.childbirth.org/cgi-bin/MyStore/perlshop.cgi

    Hope this helps.
    Anita
  7. by   fab4fan
    anitame: Thanks, appreciate the reference. I'm just holding my breath every time I go to work, hoping that nothing will happen...because, when it does, it will surely happen on my shift when I'm alone with a new GN. (Nothing against GN's, but this is one time I reeeeaaalllyy want another exp. nurse around; I've been a nurse for 17y and the thought of this still scares me stiff).
  8. by   imenid37
    where are the ob nurses going while the unit is closed? are they working on other units? maybe you guys in the er could have one of them come down to the er if you get a l/d pt. wow, i am glad i don't work in your facility(i don't like to float. having complicated med-surg pts after 12 yrs. in ob scares me!). how long are they closing ob? our drs. would lay an egg! they get bent out of shape if they have to send a gyn pt. to med-surg if we are really busy.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    GET NRP TRAINED ASAP if you are not already, and consider purchasing "CRISIS: OB" tapes for UNIT! Those are my strongest recommendations. Good luck!!!!!!

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