Maternal / Newborn Question #12


A client 10 weeks pregnant arrives at the clinic for a scheduled prenatal visit. The nurse is unable to locate fetal heart tones and the client becomes concerned. What is the nurse’s priority action?


  1. Schedule an ultrasound immediately.
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  2. Have the health provider notified to come into the exam room.
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  3. Reassure the client that fetal heart tones may not be heard until 12-weeks.
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  4. Call the hospital and admit the client for pending miscarriage.
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Fetal heart tones may not be heard until 12-weeks of pregnancy and the client should be reassured. This finding is completely normal. Options A, B, & D are incorrect since there is no need for ultrasound, notifying the health provider, or admitting to the hospital.

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