Postpartum admission criteria

  1. Hi,
    I'm new to this website but have looked at it on occasion for information. I have a question and if there are any nurses who work postpartum ward can answer this for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Does your postpartum unit have admission criteria? Our doctors want to admit patients with etopic pregnancies or who have severe hypertension 2 weeks after delivery and I just want to know if anyone has a policy in their unit on who they will admit and who should be considered a med/surg ward patient? Thank you.:spin:
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses.

    Moving to OB nurses forum since you have a specific question.
  4. by   RNLaborNurse4U
    Our postpartum unit only takes STABLE postpartum patients. No one on magnesium or needing mag therapy initiated (those patients always go to us on L&D). Postpartum can hang blood products however, but the patient must have stable lochia/bleeding before transfer to postpartum.

    Any slight inkling of being unstable, they are admitted or remain on L&D.
  5. by   nurseynightnight
    My answer may be a little different than others since I work in a smaller hospital.
    Our nurses do antepartum/labor/delivery,postpartum and nursery. We are all one unit.
    But having said that we do have some restrictions. We do not take anyone under 20 weeks (ectopics, miscarriages) except for the occassional early fetal demise.
    And once a patient goes home...even if only for 2 hours then must be readmitted they go to the medical floor. This includes babies that are sent home.
  6. by   bagladyrn
    I have worked units where patients were admitted up to 6 weeks postpartum, though more often in the first postpartum week if they developed PIH or a c/s incision infection. I've also seen units where anyone at any stage of pregnancy who had a problem which coukld be attributed to pregnancy (gestational diabetes, hyperemesis, etc.) was admitted to the postpartum unit (usually in hospitals with combined L&D/PP units) regardless of gestation.
  7. by   NurseNora
    Once a woman has been sent home, she is readmitted to Med Surg, not OB. We occasionally take some GYN patients if M/S is full, so it wouldn't be unheard of for us to take an ectopic pregnancy, but it doesn't happen often. If someone is still severely hypertnesive 2 weeks after delivery, my opinion is that she needs to be seen by a cardiologist, not an obstetrition.
  8. by   crysobrn
    We are a smaller hospital... so all l&d, postpartum, antepartum etc is all together. We do not readmit infected cases. We will readmit for high bp's if needed or maybe for hemorrhage (I haven't seen one in a long time). But other than that we see patients over 20 wks with an occasional exception... for example if we have NO patients and there is a hyperem pt or some OB related pt we will take them.
  9. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from NurseNora
    If someone is still severely hypertnesive 2 weeks after delivery, my opinion is that she needs to be seen by a cardiologist, not an obstetrition.
    Preeclampsia can happen postpartum up to 6 weeks according to the Preeclampsia Foundation: http://www.preeclampsia.org/FAQ.asp#nine

    I love their website by the way! Everyone should check it out!
  10. by   richelle362
    My hospital is large. On postpartum we take only healthy moms and newborns. There is a floor that takes antepartums, and high risk postpartums, like those on mag, or methadone. They have a remainder nursery for babies that will be staying after mom's discharge. If a patient is readmitted, she goes to med surg.
  11. by   klone
    We have no official policy WRT PP patients - it's up to the charge nurse, the staffing, the census, etc. We often do "special favors" for nurses or female doctors who have non-OB medical problems or surgeries and would prefer to be cared for on our floor instead of med-surg. When staffing and census allow, we always try to accommodate. The OBs believe that a postpartum mag patient is going to received better, more knowledgeable care in our department, where the nurses are familiar with using mag for blood pressure issues, as opposed to the med-surg floor, where a nurse would PANIC if she saw a mag level of 7.8.

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