Which is the priority nursing action when preparing a neonate born with a gastroschisis defect for transport to a pediatric hospital for corrective surgery?
1. Covering the exposed intestines with sterile moist gauze
2. Wrapping the newborn warmly in two or three blankets
3. Providing a sterile water feeding to maintain hydration during transport
4. Allowing the parents of the newborn to see their child prior to transport
The correct answer is 1. Covering the exposed intestines with sterile moist gauze