by Patricia McMullen, Long
American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award 2009 in the category of Maternal and Child Health
This telephone triage book is designed for use by professional nurses assessing and advising patients over the telephone on topics related to obstetric and gynecology. It is designed to crystallize the professional’s existing knowledge base and to provide clear guidance on handling a wide variety of patient situations which the triage nurse might need to work through.
The introductory section outlines the key medical/legal, counseling, and practical aspects of telephone triage and includes a new chapter on the use of online information retrieval. Subsequent sections present specific protocols for selected obstetric, gynecologic, and women’s health problems. New and expanded protocols in this edition include updated infertility management and medications, additional contraceptive methods such as NuvaRing and Implanon, current abnormal Pap smear management, hormone therapy advice, and emergency contraception options.
This easy-to-use manual provides telephone triage protocols to nurses involved with obstetrics and gynecology. It offers suggestions for asking appropriate questions in a flowchart format to ascertain the assessment and severity of the problem and need for medical intervention. This guide serves as a decision-making tool for the nurse to easily identify and prioritize who needs immediate medical attention, who needs to be seen within twenty-four hours, and who can be monitored at home. Includes topics that cover basics, protocols, symptoms and issues that occur within the scope of this specialty. The forms in the guide may be duplicated and used as patient handouts.
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