After a client undergoes a contraction stress test that is negative, which of the following should the nurse assess next?
1. Evidence of ruptured membranes.
2. Viability status of the fetus.
3. Indications that contractions have ceased.
4. Fetal heart rate variability.
The contraction stress test simulates labor and determines the fetalresponse to the labor process and the mother’s contractions. Therefore, determining that contractions have ceased after the test is important. Although spontaneous rupture of membranes is a possibility after a contraction stress test, it is not a typical occurrence. The test should not affect the viability of the fetus. Fetal viability is related to gestational age. A fetus of at least 23 weeks’ gestation is considered viable, or capable of extrauterine life. A negative contraction stress test should not affect or alter fetal heart rate variability.
CN: Reduction of risk potential; CL: Synthesize
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