Maternal / Newborn Question #42
The nurse is caring for an infant with a hip spica cast. Which nursing actions will keep the cast free of urine and stool?
- Insert a foley catheter and rectal tube.
- Use intermittent catheterization on toileting schedule.
- Use a Bradford frame.
- Use a Denis Browne splint.
The correct selection is C. The Bradford frame helps urine and stool collection for infants or children with spica cast. Selection B & C are incorrect since catheterizing either indwelling or intermittent will predispose the infant to infection. Selection D is incorrect since the Denis Browne splint is for clubfoot, not spica cast.