A nurse is caring for a patient that is 6 centimeters dilated. The nurse should follow the protocol for care of the patient in:


•The patient is in the active phase of the first stage of labor when the cervix is dilated from 5 to 8 centimeters.

•First stage of labor is the period from onset of true labor to full cervical dilatation. This stage has three phases: latent, active, and transition.

•Incorrect: The latent phase begins at the onset of regular uterine contractions and ends with rapid cervical dilation of one-to-five centimeters. Contractions occur every 15-to-30 minutes and are 15-to-30 seconds in duration with mild intensity.

•Incorrect: The transition phase is the last and final phase of the first stage of labor. During this phase, contractions reach their peak and intensity, occurring every 2-to-3 minutes. Cervical dilation increases from 8 to 10 cm.

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