Assessment Process For A Head To Assessment Of Infant

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When a patient enters the hospital and is in active labor the patient will be transferred into the labor and delivery suite. The nurse will insert an IV order to give fluids and any medications needed during the delivery process such as Pitocin to induce labor. The nurse will take vitals and place fetal monitors on the mother in order to monitor the baby’s heart rate and contractions. The nurse will also discuss the patient’s birthing plan. Throughout the process the nurse will do cervical checks to see how far the patient’s cervix have dilated. During our clinical rotation at St. Francis Eastside I have had the chance to see and participate with many head to toe assessments on both a new mother and an infant. The assessment process for a new …show more content…
The nurse should also take note of the baby’s breathing.
HEAD: The nurse should make note of the molding of the baby’s head and document any abnormal findings such as any trauma to the head.
ENT: Check the baby’s eyes and ears and make note of floppy ears and lack of normal cartilage.
CHEST: The nurse should listen to the baby’s heart beat and make not of any abnormalities. Afterwards the nurse should listen to the baby’s lung sounds.
ABDOMEN: Check for any abnormalities, and inspect the umbilical cord.
GENITO-URINARY: In female newborns non-purulent discharge is normal. Note any abnormal findings. In male newborns the scrotum should be descended. Make not of scrotal swelling, and check for signs of infection on male newborns that have had a circumcision. Meconium should be passed within first day of birth.
Examine the hands and feet for symmetric movements. The hands and feet should also be examined for abnormalities such polydactyly, syndactyly, club foot, and other abnormalities. The nurse should also examine the spine and hips for any abnormal curvatures

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