NURSES’ ROLE IN TAKING CARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN AT RISK OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTION
Keywords:nurses’ role, pregnant women, coronavirus
AbstractThe coronavirus is an emerging disease that has spread widely throughout the world. In Thailand, the number of infection is still increasing. It is considered a major public health problem around the world. For a new strain of the coronavirus in pregnant women, there is currently no evidence of any signs and symptoms of pregnant women infected with the coronavirus showing different signs and symptoms from normal people or any probability of severe diseases. There is no evidence of infection via the placenta to the fetus but some studies found that pregnant women with coronavirus infection could affect the fetus such as fetal distress, premature rupture of membranes, abortion, preterm labor and still birth. Due to the unclear conditions of the new pandemic and limited research data, the nurses’ role could help pregnant women who were infected or touched individuals who had coronavirus by taking direct care, teaching, coaching, counseling, and collaborating to help them be able to take care of themselves. Moreover, if pregnant women know and understand the spreading and effects of the coronavirus on pregnant women and fetuses in utero, this knowledge could help them to be able to take good care of their fetuses and continue carrying out quality pregnancy and birth. The purpose of this academic article is to give nurses knowledge and understanding about the new strain of the coronavirus, and show the nurses’ role in taking care of pregnant women appropriately.
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