Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

HOME CARE IF UNDELIVERED. Discuss the importance of maintaining bedrest in the lateral position. Teach the patient to remain well hydrated, take all medications exactly as prescribed, and report any uncomfortable side effects to the physician. Teach the patient to avoid any activity that could possibly initiate labor (sexual intercourse, nipple stimulation). Explain that the patient should check daily to determine whether the fetus is moving or the uterus is contracting. Teach the patient how to palpate the fundus and judge the intensity of a contraction. Teach the patient how to use the home monitor for uterine contractions and the terbutaline pump if ordered. Review the warning signs of PTL and when she should call the physician.

HOME CARE IF DELIVERED. Teach the patient to be aware of signs and symptoms that indicate postpartum complications: a hard, reddened area on the breast; pain in the calf of the leg; increase in bleeding; foul odor to vaginal discharge; fever; burning with urination; or persistent mood change. Teach her not to lift anything heavier than the baby and not to drive until after the postpartum checkup with the physician. Encourage her to maintain a healthy diet and adequate nutrition and to schedule rest time around the baby's sleeping times. Elicit the help of family members if needed.

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