1. Witcher, Patricia Sauer RNC, MSN


The ultimate goal of treating preterm labor is to prolong the pregnancy long enough to decrease the incidence of neonatal mortality and morbidity associated with prematurity, while minimizing maternal and fetal risks. There are many controversies in treating preterm labor. Much of this controversy stems from the difficulty in establishing efficacy and safety of interventions and uncertainty of the diagnosis of preterm labor. This article outlines conventional measures and tocolytic therapy directed at prolonging the pregnancy. A review of the effect of tocolytic agents, administration, side effects, and nursing interventions is included.