fundal checks

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    What is the protocol for fundal checks on c-section pts? As far as frequency goes?

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    I am only a pre-nursing student, but I had to chime in and tell you all my story....after a 26 hour labor (I did finally dilate to a 10 and pushed for over an hour), I had an emergency c-section in which the spinal wore off and I felt them actually stitching me (they didn't believe me at first--until I attempted to get up from the table--they then doused me in lidocaine).
    Nobody did a single fundal check on me in post-op or even when I got to my room 8 hours later (yes, 8 hours later). This was at the 2nd busiest hospital in the nation for births. Did I mention that I had over a 10 lb. baby? I was going in and out of consciousness during those 8 hours in recovery and being ignored by the nurses--I soaked through a king-sized bed pillow. I was hemorrhaging and eventually went into shock and ended up having an emergency clot evacuation without any pain meds--right there in my patient room. Oh, and I needed 2 blood transfusions. They told my husband to be prepared to raise his son alone. To think that if I would have had fundal massage/checks, that this MAY have prevented this---just shows how important this really is. Just wanted to share my story! This is part of my inspiration to go back for a second degree to become a nurse.
    canoehead, RN BSN 2009, short1978, and 2 others like this.
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    I work in postpartum. We do fundal checks on our C-Section patients on admission, then every four hours for the next 24 hours, then q 8 hours after that. For vaginal deliveries, fundal checks are upon admission and then q 8 hours.

    Of course, that's the minimum. We can always do more if there is cause for concern.

    ~Rhee
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    The protocol in my hospital is every 15mins for the first hour, every 30mins for the 2nd hour. Then ever hour x2. Not exactly sure after that since I work in L&D and the pt is usually on maternity after 2hrs in recovery.
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    Check your orders also-some doctors specifically state NO FUNDAL CHECKS..JUST FYI
    RN BSN 2009, Elvish, and short1978 like this.
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    Im in the UK. Where I am we dont do any routine fundal checks on post CS women unless there is a clinical indication to do so (pain, increased lochia, temp, abdo changes etc)
    We also dont routinely do fundal checks on women post vaginal delivery once they're out of labour ward (again unless there is a clinical indication to do so)
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    back2thebooks - Wholy crap! I hope you went ballistic on the hospital! Glad everything turned out well for you and baby though!
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    L/D does fundal checks q15min x 4, then when mother/baby gets the pt, we do check q30min x 3, q4h x 48 hrs, then qshift. For vag dels, we do the same q15 and q30, then q4x3 and then BID. Obviously in any case we can check more often if we are worried about something. I have never personally seen a doc specifically order no fundal checks on a post c/s but I have heard of it happening.
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    Since I worked in Mother-Baby I can tell you our protocol. We would check both c/s and vag upon admission from L&D (after their intial 2 hour recovery) then one hour later. Then C/S would be at least every 4 hours x 24 hours then every 8 hours. Normal vag would be every 8 hours. I would also check after the first couple voids and as needed of course. I believe our L&D checked immediately after then at least every 15" x 1 hour then every 30" x 1 hour. I have never seen orders not to check fundus, but I have seen orders to not massage fundus.
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    Quote from peytonsmom
    back2thebooks - Wholy crap! I hope you went ballistic on the hospital! Glad everything turned out well for you and baby though!
    You know what---I was naive. I didn't know any better. Knowing what I do know now, I feel like the hospital, my OB....they all let me down. I'd like to get a copy of my records. I am just amazed that nobody even told me or my husband to do fundal massage at any point (since they obviously weren't going to).

    Thankfully, I do not remember much of my stay in recovery. My husband says that I was going in and out of consciousness and thrashing my arms about. He slept on a metal folding chair by my bed that night---as our son lay in NICU alone (was admitted to NICU b/c I ran a high fever--they put him on IV antibiotics for 3 days).

    And to think I went on to have another baby (who was even BIGGER!) LOL
    short1978 likes this.


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