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What does normal lochial findings in the first 24 hours post-delivery include?
A. Bright red blood
B. Large clots or tissue fragments
C. A foul odor
D. The complete absence of lochia

What does normal lochial findings in the first 24 hours post-delivery include?<br/>
A. Bright red blood <br/>
B. Large clots or tissue fragments<br/>
C. A foul odor <br/>
D. The complete absence of lochia

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Bobby Rickets

Bobby Rickets, Content Reviewer

Answered Jan 31, 2019

What is lochial discharge? For those who do not know this is also known as a postpartum period. This is bright red in color which means that A is the right answer to this question. If in case the period that comes out is not bright red, this might mean that there are some issues. There are also other signs to watch out for to see if a mother is having some issues.

For example, having a foul odor is known to be a negative sign. If there are large clots of tissue fragments that will appear, this is also a sign that something is wrong. The nurse may have to run some tests in order to see how the mother is doing. After the red and thick period, the period will start becoming more watery and will take on a more brownish hue.

 

G. Horace

G. Horace, Content Developer, Chicago

Answered Dec 26, 2018

After the first twenty-four hours, lochial discharge should be bright red, or answer A. This is basically a postpartum period. If you’re not having bright red blood to start, you’re having issues.

You’re also having issues if you have clots, a foul odor, or even a complete lack of discharge. If answers B through D are happening with a patient, the nurse is probably going to be running some tests and trying to figure out why.

For those who are now curious, a normal lochial discharge time will vary from woman to woman. It will typically start out bright red and thick. However, as time goes by, it’ll start to look brownish red and have a more watery consistency as all of the leftovers from housing the baby are washed out of the body’s system.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered May 16, 2017

Bright red blood

Lochia should never contain large clots, tissue fragments, or membranes. A foul odor may signal infection, as may absence of lochia.
 

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