Mary is not progressing in labor appropriately, and the decision has been made to move toward a cesarean section. She understands, agrees, and signs the consent for surgery. You will again accept this patient in the recovery – or initial postpartum period.
Recognize that you will complete BUBBLEHE assessment. In addition, the abdominal assessment will also include assessment of the incision. Note the type of dressing used to cover the incision. Is it approximated? Is there any bleeding? Does she have bowel sounds? Is the abdomen distended? Is it soft? Do you assess the fundus and where is it located? It should be firm. Note pain assessment.