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    Jaundice help!

    I am usually good at knowing if a newborn has jaundice of the face, but I'm having a hard time with the body. I'm a home health nurse and now have to use my judgment about drawing bilirubins and I'm not sure when exactly to draw one, anyone have any opinions? If a baby had jaundice down to his belly would you draw one? Is there any tricks either to help with discerning it on the body?? I'm holding the baby in the natural sunlight to help but still having a hard time.
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    Pumping to induce labor??

    We actually just got a midwife recently that wrote a protocol on nipple stimulation. Of all the inductions I've seen that have used like cervidil/cooks foley balloon, nipple stimulation was enough for them to jump start labor and deliver, no pitocin involved. Just last night we had a delivery that was a post term cervidil induction during the night and then in the morning she started with nipple stim and that was all it took for her! They just did nipple stimulation or breast pumping for so long every 15 minutes. We've had quite the successful stories with that so far!
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    Hepatitis B

    I had a mother about 2 weeks ago want to get the first hep b vaccine for her newborn while in the hospital but wasnt sure if she was going to get the remaining. She thought that with just getting the first it would be "sufficient" Can someone give me some more information regarding this? Will the baby have adequate protection just after one dose??? If they do, how long would it last for?
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    Pitocin and Decels

    So even in doubt when you arent sure what kind of decels are going on, or arent sure if you're picking up moms heart rate, its better to turn pit off the same time you are trying position changes? I mean, we were gonna turn the pit off, it wasnt a matter of us not turning it off at all, we just figured we would try a few position changes to see if we could pick it up better to get a true picture. It just happened so fast when we were changing positions that the midwife came in, it was within minutes, and then turned pit off.
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    Pitocin and Decels

    Well thats what we thought too, to try position changes first. The docs will get upset if you turn pit off with every decel you see, and we werent even sure if we had a true decel to begin or we were picking up mom until we got the scalp electrode. But my lesson learned with that midwife (she just started working there too), I will just turn the pit off when I see any kind of decel, even earlies, LOL.
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    Pitocin and Decels

    Yeah, she did have fluids wide open and a pulse ox on (we always have them on with epi's) and at times it was hard to tell if it was mom or babies. Before all this had happened it was me and another nurse already in the room, so as soon as the other nurses seen what was going on on the monitors in pp, they were back helping pretty rapid. Baby was too close to delivery for an iupc. Fetal scalp electrode wasnt picking up a good reading until towards the end where it started to have longer periods of time where heart rate was in the 60's/70's and only a few seconds of 130's. So what your saying is no matter what, pit should be turned off first instead of trying position changes to see if it improves heart rate?
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    Pitocin and Decels

    Yeah, we ended up getting a lot of extra hands, but when it was just me and her, it took both of us to turn her because of her epidural, so in between all of that both of us kinda forgot that she was even on pitocin, prob not the smartest thing, but thankfully she was only at like 4 mu's and ctx were about 3 minutes apart, but still. And honestly, we didnt think it was all that bad because we figured positioning first to see if just a change of position would help baby out. So this all happened prob within not even a couple minutes from the time she deceled to cnm at bedside and pit off.
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    Pitocin and Decels

    I am in need of an opinion. I'm sure some people have differnet reasonings/philosophies on this, so I would love to hear it. Pt was on low dose pit, ctx every 3 minutes. After epidural placement (blood pressures fine) baby starts deceling down to 100. Unable to tell what kind really because our monitors werent picking up well, only could go by what we could hear, but they would occassionally pick up hr good. So we flipped her to see if that worked, which it didnt, caused baby to dip down to 90. So we checked her to see if maybe she was ready to push, which she was, baby was literally right there..so we flipped her on her other side again and baby started to drop down to 70's..we were trying to see if it was picking up moms hr becuase our monitors still werent picking up well. We werent sure if it was moms or not because she was runnign around the same pulse. Decided to throw some o2 on her just to be safe and call the midwife to come asap and evaluate. She was there within a minute and put a scalp electrode in and meanwhile said if pit wasnt off (which it wasnt at this time) to get it off. Baby ended up being in the 70's, but eventualy picked up to the 120-130's occasionally. In the end, baby turned out fine, but me and another nurse were to explain the events to the midwife that led up to what happened. So we did and she told us the first thing we should have done was turn off the pit, that we missed that first huge step and could have made things worse than what they were. We didnt think that was really the first thing necessarily to do, we always thought position changes to see if you can get her in a better position, and then if that didnt work to throw on some oxygen and d/c the pit. I understand you need to d/c the pit, but it wasnt like baby was deceling d/t being hyperstimulated. I would love to hear opinions on how you would have handled the situation because I am a new nurse and need some advice, as I have not ran into situations liek this before.
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    When a baby is born....what does your hospital do?

    We play a lullaby to everytime a baby is born unless we have a mom that lost a baby on our floor or if our fetal loss group is meeting, then we dont play it. Parents seem to really enjoy their baby's lullaby they hear.
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    Confused about Variability & Decelerations

    Can you explain the variability vs variable deceleration to me, because sometimes what I would think would be a variable, someone said its just variability.
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    Confused about Variability & Decelerations

    In a previous post, they said not to confuse variability with variable decels, how do you distinguish between them then?
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    help a new scrub nurse

    Would you send me this guide? I pm'd you, hopefully it went through.
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    Late decel?

    Hello We had a patient the other day that me and another nurse thought was having late decels. They started out looking like subtle lates and then a few minutes later looked like obvious lates. We questioned the seasoned nurse and she said that since they had good variability that they werent really lates and you didnt have to chart them, that just try changing positions to see if it "fixes them". I always thought a late was a late, no matter if it had good variability or not, but just with minimal to no variability its worse. Any thoughts on this??
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    Intrapartum vaginal bleeding

    Yeah, thats what I thought...or maybe she was 3 cm, I dont remember, I know she was around there!
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    Intrapartum vaginal bleeding

    They started cervidil around 9 pm and she was about 2cm, and then when we checked her in the morning she was 4cm.
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    Infant airways and decels

    Oh. I'll have to look at them more closer next time we check infant warmers. And no, we didnt try ephedrine, never would have thought to try that.