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Deep tendon reflexes, magnesium, and calcium: assessments and implications.

School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, CA 92350, USA.
Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (Impact Factor: 1.03). 01/2004; 33(2):221-30. DOI: 10.1177/0884217504263145
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ABSTRACT The perinatal nurse, in collaboration with physicians, can use deep tendon reflexes as a powerful tool in determining the need to start, adjust, or stop magnesium infusion. Toxicity can be detected using physical manifestations as a guide. Clinical signs may be a better indicator than serum levels of tissue levels of magnesium. Whether magnesium is given to prevent seizures or for tocolysis, patients in both situations are at risk for developing toxicity and must be assessed regularly to ensure patient safety.

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