Amniotic Fluid Assessment for the Labor and Delivery Nurse

Introduction to the AFI and MVP exam

Instructed by: Julie Gaston

Course Description

This course was created for labor and delivery nurses. We have included a brief review of the ultrasound system for practitioners to navigate their machine. We have also included a lecture on image orientation to connect what you do with your hand to what you see on the screen. We review the third trimester assessment which includes fetal lie, number, viability and fluid assessment. Artifacts are unfortunately a reality with ultrasound. We review common artifacts and the importance of identifying them to accurately assess fluid. We also review common pitfalls when overestimating or underestimating amniotic fluid volume.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize basic ultrasound artifacts
  • Know common knobology
  • Document fetal lie and number
  • Document viability
  • Accurately measure the amniotic fluid using the four quadrant method and the deep or maximum vertical pocket method
  • Self correct common mistakes when measuring amniotic fluid

Curriculum

  • Machine
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      • Machine
  • Image Orientation
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      • Image Orientation
  • Third Trimester
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      • Third Trimester
  • Amniotic Fluid Assessment
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      • Amniotic Fluid Assessment
  • Artifacts
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      • Artifacts
  • Scan Lab
    • Probe Maneuvers
      • Probe Maneuvers
    • Amniotic Fluid Assessment
      • Amniotic Fluid Assesment
  • Final Assessment
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      • Question #10

About the Instructor

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Julie Gaston

BS, RDMS, RVT

Julie Gaston (BS, RDMS, RVT) graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Radiology. She received her ultrasound education at the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics. She has been in the field for 20 years and in that time has managed departments, traveled the country scanning, and started OnSite Ultrasound which was acquired by Mint Medical Education in 2012. She directed the ultrasound education department of Mint. There she created ultrasound educational lectures and videos. She led teams in the creation of application videos for equipment manufacturers including Philips, Zonare, and Mindray. She created custom courses for corporate clients and produced education videos for device manufacturers. She wrote blogs for social media and facilitated MMETV where professionals could share information. She lectured and led hands on scanning workshops.

While Julie teaches general and vascular ultrasound, her passion is in OB. She worked at the University of San Francisco Prenatal Diagnosis Center and has co-authored a text book entitled, “The Complete Guide to Ultrasound for Nurse Midwives.” She is passionate about advancing the use of ultrasound in medicine, responsibly. She has created courses for medical professionals that allows their clinical knowledge to merge with imaging knowledge.

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