Maternal / Newborn Question #15


The nurse caring for a laboring client received an order for external fetal ultrasound monitoring. The fetus is in the left occipital posterior position (LOP), so the nurse will apply the transducer in which area?


  1. Over the area between epigastric and umbilicus.
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  2. Over the area between the umbilicus and symphysis pubis.
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  3. Over the right upper fundus quadrant.
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  4. Over the left upper fundus quadrant.
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The correct answer is B because the ultrasound transducer must be able to pick up fetal heart sounds and best placement is between umbilicus and the symphysis pubis. A tocotransducer monitors frequency of contraction and is placed over fundus.

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