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PREMATURE RUPTURE OF THE FETAL MEMBRANES: An Update for Advanced Practice Nurses

Weitz, Beth W. MSN, RNC, WHNP

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Abstract

Advanced practice nurses in obstetric settings are frequently required to diagnose premature rupture of fetal membranes; co-management of care with physicians is becoming more common in many health care facilities. Therefore, Advanced practice nurses must have an in-depth understanding of this potentially severe obstetric complication. This article presents a review of the current literature focusing on the epidemiology, physiology, pathophysiology, prevention measures, subjective and objective assessment, diagnostic tests, and management of premature rupture of membranes. Psychosocial aspects of this event, often upsetting for the family, are also discussed.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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