Practitioners commonly treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, regardless of whether the patient fits all the criteria of a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum. The purpose of this course is to increase the awareness of hyperemesis gravidarum and present guidelines for nursing management of the condition. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Define hyperemesis gravidarum, and distinguish it from the normal nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
2. List the potential effects of hyperemesis gravidarum on the fetus and mother.
3. Compare the various theories of etiology of hyperemesis gravidarum.
4. Identify the populations at risk for hyperemesis gravidarum.
5. Describe dietary interventions for treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum.
6. Describe pharmacologic agents used in the management of hyperemesis gravidarum.
7. Describe the role of intravenous therapy in treating hyperemesis gravidarum.
8. Outline nonpharmacologic interventions to treat hyperemesis gravidarum.
9. Explain the nursing assessment and related diagnosis and interventions for the patient with hyperemesis gravidarum.
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