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Fetal Auscultation (Nursing)

by Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler

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    00:00 Now I want to talk more about the heart tones because the only thing we've mentioned so far is when you can't first hear them, but there are some other things to think about. The first thing is the rate. If you ever have an opportunity to hear fetal heart tones, they are very fast. So the rate for a normal fetus is somewhere between 110 and 160 beats per minute.

    00:22 Try to count it, it's really tricky. So for an adult, that would be tachycardia but very normal for a fetus. So when should we hear that? Exactly, 10 weeks. Now the other thing we want to think about is where to listen because there is a lot of abdominal space and only certain places where we will be able to hear the heart rate. So at around 10 weeks, the fetus is really just beginning to grow, the uterus is coming right above the level of the symphysis pubis around 12 weeks or so, so we're going to be listening right over the symphysis pubis. That one's not too hard. But as the uterus grows and the baby gets bigger, we have to really know what the position of the fetus is. Because the best place to auscultate fetal heart tones is on the upper back and in order to auscultate over the upper back, you have to know where that is. Okay? We're going to use a measurement called Leopold's that we'll talk about in just a second.


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    The lecture Fetal Auscultation (Nursing) by Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler is from the course Antepartum Care (Nursing).


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    1. The fetal heart tones can be heard after the fetus is 10 weeks
    2. The normal heart rate for fetal heart tones is 100-120 bpm
    3. The upper chest is the best place to auscultate fetal heart tones
    4. The position of the fetus is irrelevant while assessing fetal heart tones

    Author of lecture Fetal Auscultation (Nursing)

     Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler

    Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler


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