MIDWIFERY

Membrane sweep

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54Membrane sweep Membrane sweeping or stripping is thought to increase the probability of physiological onset of labour by encouraging the local release of prostaglandin. Evidence suggests that the process of…

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Recognising deterioration in 
the neonate

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the neonate

63Recognising deterioration in 
the neonate Early recognition of the unwell and/or deteriorating neonate is essential to ensure a timely referral, diagnosis, treatment and management to prevent problems that can lead…

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Recognising the deteriorating woman

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57Recognising the deteriorating woman The most recent confidential enquiries into maternal death in the UK have identified that practitioners fail to recognise the deteriorating woman. This has far reaching consequences…

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Insertion of vaginal prostaglandin E2

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55Insertion of vaginal prostaglandin E2 Approximately 1 in 5 labours are induced in the UK. Induction of labour can be a very frightening time for women and partner. The midwife…

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Taking a wound swab

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52Taking a wound swab The principles of specimen collection are set out in Chapter 51. A wound swab is required if there is a clinical suspicion that infection is present. ‘Just…

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Artificial rupture of membranes

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56Artificial rupture of membranes Artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) is one of the most commonly performed midwifery procedures. The argument often given in favour of ARM is that of ‘speeding…

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Specimen collection – stool specimen

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51Specimen collection – stool specimen Specimens are taken to support decision making with regard to treatment; in maternity care common specimens include blood, urine, faeces, sputum and wound, umbilical or…

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