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What should the nurse do first if neonate begins to gag and turns a dusky color?

This question is part of Nursing Practice II- Community Health Nursing and Care of the Mother and Child
Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Oct 27, 2020

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M. Porter

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M. Porter
M. Porter, Senior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose

Answered Nov 27, 2018

The first thing the nurse should do for a neonate that begins to gag and turn to a dusky color is to aspirate the neonate's nose and mouth with a bulb syringe. The neonate in this condition because of poor oxygen supply to the lungs. Using the bulb syringe will help clear the airways of the neonate and the neonate's condition is most likely to improve.

The nurse should also calm the neonate but this is after the airway has been cleared.
If after clearing the airways of the neonate, no improvement is seen, the nurse should notify the physician.
Providing oxygen to the neonate will not be of any good unless the airway has been cleared.

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Wyatt Williams

Wyatt Williams

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Answered Apr 10, 2018

Aspirate the neonate’s nose and mouth with a bulb syringe.

The nurses first action should be to clear the neonates airway with a bulb syringe. After the airway is clear and the neonates color improves, the nurse should comfort and calm the neonate. If the problem recurs or the neonates color doesnt improve readily, the nurse should notify the physician. Administering oxygen when the airway isnt clear would be ineffective.
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