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?
- Over the area between epigastric and umbilicus.
- Over the area between the umbilicus and symphysis pubis.
- Over the right upper fundus quadrant.
- Over the left upper fundus quadrant.
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.