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First Day on OB Intake

OB Intake is basically the “obstetric emergency room.” If patients are over a certain point in their pregnancy (late 1st trimester, or 2nd/3rd trimester), they’re moved from the main ER to be triaged by OB Intake. After being worked up, patients are typically sent to one of three places: 1.) home, 2.) L&D or 3.) a separate room for continued monitoring.

Today, I helped work-up cases of pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), did some speculum exams, and continued to work on understanding what constitutes an obstetric emergency. My colleague and I also investigated the details of pre-eclampsia, a relatively common and potentially lethal condition during pregnancy. Watch the video below for a short summary of this important condition.

Also, so far in this rotation, I have had exactly zero English-speaking patients. I never knew that out of all the classes I took in grade school, the four years of Spanish I completed would come back to provide the greatest utility. My broken Spanish coupled with hand gestures certainly makes for an entertaining sight, but hey, it gets the job done. 馃檪

Anyways, my second and final day on OB Intake begins in less than eight hours. Good night!


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