Chris Van Mullem

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The frequency of cocaine abuse in pregnant women has increased markedly in the United States during the last decade. This increased abuse has lead to recognition of potentially negative perinatal outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence of positive cocaine-specific screens in pregnant women and delivered infants at two Milwaukee(More)
OBJECTIVE This study analyzed the relationships between illicit drug use, low birth weight, adequacy of prenatal care, and perinatal mortality. STUDY DESIGN Perinatal outcome parameters in 23,926 deliveries between 1983 and 1990 were analyzed. Statistical analysis (chi 2 analysis) was applied for each year of study to separate the effects of inadequate(More)
The care and treatment of women with psychiatric disorders in pregnancy is both challenging and complex. The decision to treat or not treat can pose a risk to the mother, the developing fetus or infant and the pregnancy outcome. Treatment options can be both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic. The risk and benefit of treatment is a shared decision between(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the influence of increasing education and clinical experience on fetal heart rate interpretation by health care providers in labor and delivery areas. STUDY DESIGN Eleven tracings representing a variety of fetal heart rate patterns and neonatal outcomes were selected. Respondents were asked to interpret the tracing strips on a 1-5(More)
The process of triage in perinatal settings often has been considered the sole function of the labor and delivery nurse. In fact, all nurses have a legal and professional duty to engage in the systematic identification of patient-client problems, prioritization of needs, and prompt deployment of personnel and equipment to meet those needs. In-person and(More)
Amnioinfusion is a method of replacing intrauterine amniotic fluid volume through intrauterine infusion of a saline solution using a pressure catheter. This method simply and effectively relieves variable decelerations not alleviated by the conventional measures of maternal position change and oxygen administration. The mechanisms underlying variable(More)
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