A Nurse's Handbook of Obstetrics for Use in Training-Schools

A Nurse's Handbook of Obstetrics for Use in Training-Schools

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...articles for checking it at its very outset, and it may safely be said that there is no variety of hemorrhage that should be so amenable to the surgeon's skill as the one under consideration. The physician who attends obstetric cases with no other equipment than a vial of ergot, a bichloride tablet, and a pair of forceps in a little black bag is rapidly being relegated to the obscurity which he deserves, and his disappearance from society will be of untold benefit to the mothers of the future. Post-partum hemorrhage is usually external, or largely so, but when it occurs before the delivery of the placenta it may, in good part, be concealed within the cavity of the uterus. The concealed type can never occur if the fundus is properly held, for the blood will necessarily be squeezed out of the womb into the vagina and escape into the bed. When, however, the uterine tissue is so inert that, although it may be compressed and the walls of the womb approximated by the pressure on the fundus, the muscular fibres refuse to contract and close the blood-vessels, the condition is a most alarming one, and in severe cases may cause death within a few minutes. As a rule, if hemorrhage does not occur within an hour after the birth of the child, especially when the fundus has been properly managed, it will not occur at all, but it may develop POST-PARTUM HEMORRHAGE. 217 twenty-four hours or even longer after delivery, and the nurse will be called upon to meet the emergency without a moment's delay. In cases which occur before the departure of the physician he will usually pack the uterus firmly with strips of iodoform (five per cent.) or sterile gauze, if the administration of ergot, vigorous kneading of the fundus, and a hot (1200 F.) sterile or saline douche do...
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543858
  • 9781236543851