Published Sep 14, 2004
I am a nursing student starting my maternity rotation. The prof. asked this in a challenge question having to do with umbilical cords or placentas. We can not find anything about this in our texts. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Since I am not an OB nurse, I had no idea either. A simple Dogpile search (or Google) revealed the answer (I simply searched "duncan schultz umbilical cord placenta). Here is one hit:
Hope that helps. Remember, the internet is a powerful tool.
I don't know who the names refer to but the placentas sides are refered to as "Dirty Duncan" and "Shiny Schultz". Dirty is the side attached to the uterus, because it is very rough looking. And the shiny is the baby's side because of it's very smooth appearance.
I have been in OB for almost 20 years and have NEVER heard of that. Why do nursing instructors have to ask these innane questions? Is it any wonder nursinf students burn out?
We were taught that the reason it is noted if the placenta is "Dirty Duncan" vs. "Shiny Schultz" is because the Duncan is more likely to be associated with postpartum hemorrhage.
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