Crucial Information for a Laboring Patient

The following information should always be obtained from a laboring patient:

■ Time of onset and frequency of contractions

■ Status of fetal membranes

■ Presence/absence of vaginal bleeding

■ Notation of fetal activity

■ History of allergies

■ How long ago did patient consume food or liquids and how much

■ Use of medications

■ Risk status assignment (high or low)

What can cause a false-positive nitrazine test?

■ Vaginal infections with Trichomonas vaginalis

Vernix: The fatty substance consisting of desquamated epithelial cells and sebaceous matter that covers the skin of the fetus. Meconium: A dark green fecal material that accumulates in the fetal intestines and is discharged at or near the time of birth.

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