It still remains unknown whether AirStrip's new system is sufficiently accurate for doctors and medical personnel who need to keep track of the fetal heart rate
During conventional fetal monitoring, physicians can often experience confusion between the fetal heart rate
and maternal pulse, which can threaten the life of the baby if it goes unnoticed," said Roger Freeman, MD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California at Irvine School of Medicine, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Children's Hospital.
There was some criticism within the obstetric community that fetal heart rate
monitoring was quickly accepted technology without proof that it was effective," said Suneet P.
The development of the obstetric stethoscope permitted the determination of the average fetal heart rate
(Sureau, 1996) and it was hoped that auscultation of the fetal heart rate
(FHR) would be an effective technique for detecting alterations to fetal health (Parer & King, 2000).
The Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate
Monitor costs only $200, which is a fraction of the price of competitor products that often sell at up to $1 000.
The recorded fetal heart rate
strips before and after the mobile phone use were blindly analyzed with respect to baseline fetal heart rate
, accelerations, and decelerations.
The technique was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in May of 2000, conditionally as an adjunct to electronic fetal heart rate
monitoring (EFHR), especially in the case of a non-reassuring fetal heart rate
, primarily based upon a study published by Garite and associates.
where the fetal heart rate
changed from severe variable decelerations to a slow, life-threatening 60 to 80 beats per minute.
Sub-standard monitoring of fetal heart rate
was strongly associated with poor fetal outcome (p<0.
During labor and delivery, medical professionals review fetal heart rate
tracings looking for indications of fetal distress.
The fetal heart rate
patterns were classified as reassuring, suspicious and pathological according the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines for fetal heart rate
Niamh McCabe, who now lives in Belfast, faces a fitness- to-practise panel after complaints that she have failed to take account of indications of a difficult labour and fetal heart rate
changes while a woman was giving birth.