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Unformatted text preview: ild abuse is suspected is to report the case. All states and
provinces in North America have laws for mandatory reporting of child maltreatment. Suspected child abuse should be reported
to the local authorities. Although documentation of assessment findings, assisting the family, and referring the family to
appropriate resources and support groups are important, the primary legal responsibility is to report the suspected case.
48. Spina Bifida (Myelomeningocele type)
The newborn with spina bifida is at risk for infection before the closure of the sac.
A sterile normal saline dressing is placed over the sac to maintain moisture of the sac and its contents. This prevents tearing or
breakdown of the skin integrity at the site. Blood pressure may be difficult to assess during the newborn period and is not the
best indicator of infection. Urine concentration is not well developed in the newborn stage of development. A thermometer will
be needed to assess temperature, but in this newborn the priority is to maintain...
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