Gwen Spears received a master's degree from California State University, Los Angeles in 1970, and a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the University of Southern California in 1988. She is Chief of Nurse-Midwifery Services at King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Assistant Professor in the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at Charles Drew University, Los Angeles, California. Her practice is full-scope.
Ultrasound in Obstetric Triage
Article first published online: 30 DEC 2010
1999 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 44, Issue 5, pages 480–492, September-October 1999
How to Cite
Spears, G. and Griffin, J. (1999), Ultrasound in Obstetric Triage. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 44: 480–492. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(99)00090-7
- Issue published online: 30 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 30 DEC 2010
The use of limited ultrasound as a tool in obstetric triage has become increasingly popular. While most midwives only perform ultrasound in the third trimester, some institutions do include earlier sonographic testing as part of the midwifery management plan. This article addresses the professional issues related to limited ultrasound in obstetric triage protocol, the education and training needed to acquire the skill, the process for integrating the skill into clinical practice, and a discussion of obstetric triage procedures.