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Obstetrical Triage: Stable for Discharge

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July-August 2009 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 268
doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000357931.30798.74

Women are sent home from L&D triage units every day with a note “stable for discharge.” But are they stable? Read some cases where “stable” wasn't stable at all.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO, and an editorial board member of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

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