Maximizing Fidelity

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Re: Post-Partum Fundus
by Joyce Gorcyca - Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6:07 AM
I use cherry pastry filling (as opposed to cherry pie filling). It is a little more expensive than the pie filling, but the cherry pieces are smaller, there is less syrup, and I find the results more realistic. I have heard other instructors say they also have a "confederate family member" at the bedside during scenarios. The confederate has an IV bag of "blood" under his/her shirt. The tubing goes under the pelvis and is concealed by chux. When the student massages the fundus, the confederate squeezes the IV bag and releases a fresh flow of blood. Sounds pretty realistic if you can get the help.
Joyce Gorcyca MSN RN
Lincoln Technical Institute
New Britain Ct