After getting report from the previous nurse, I walked towards my patient’s room wondering how I was going to make it through my shift. The patient I was assigned to was admitted for overnight observation to rule out labor. My patient was early in her gestation approximately 26 weeks and was expecting twins. The previous nurse said she had been in and out of the room all afternoon trying to keep the babies on the external fetal monitors (EFMs), but found it difficult. At 26 weeks gestation, babies have more room to move inside mom’s uterus; hence it is difficult to trace their heart rate for a long period of time.
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