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This module discusses the complications and nursing interventions for treating the patient with ectopic pregnancy in the emergency department.


After successfully completing this online module, the student will:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of ectopic pregnancy
  • Discuss common assessment findings of a patient with an ectopic pregnancy
  • Identify the laboratory and imaging studies used in the investigation of ectopic pregnancy and interpret the data relating the findings to nursing care
  • Identify the complications of ectopic pregnancy and implications for patient care
  • Discuss the nursing interventions and medical/surgical treatment for the patient with ectopic pregnancy
  • Identify measures to support the patient and family faced with pregnancy loss


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Houry, D. & Bisan, S. (2010). Acute complications of pregnancy, In Marx, J. (Ed.), Rosen’s Emergency Medicine Concepts and Clinical Practice Vol 2, 7th ed. (pp.2279-2297). Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc.

Mason, D. (2010). Obstetric Emergencies. In Howard, P. & Steinmann, R. (Eds.), Sheehy’s Emergency Nursing Principles and Practice (pp. 619-629). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

Lok, I.H. & Neugebauer, R. (2007). Psychological morbidity following miscarriage. Best Practice and Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 21(2), 229-247.

Murray, H., Baakdah, H., Bardell, T., & Tulandi, T. (2005). Diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 173(8), pp. 905-911.

Sepilian, V. & Wood, E. (2010). Ectopic pregnancy. eMedicine. Retrieved May 7, 2010, from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/258768-print

Retrieved August 2nd, 2018: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2041923ectopic

Retrieved August 13th, 2018: Link to website.

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