Maternal / Newborn Question #24


A 38-week gestation woman is diagnosed with pre-eclampsia four days earlier and is admitted to the hospital for a magnesium sulfate infusion. The nurse has prepared the room and will be cautious to have which medication at the bedside?


  1. Calcium gluconate
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  2. Naloxone
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  3. Oxytocin
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  4. Terbutaline
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Calcium gluconate is an antidote to magnesium toxicity. The other selections are incorrect: Oxytocin is a hormone to enhance uterine contractions; Naloxone is an opiate antagonist; Terbutaline is a smooth muscle relaxant to help relax uterine contractions for preterm labor.

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