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For a sample of the professional debate, see the letters to the editor in Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Predicting Cerebral Palsy, 335 NEW ENG.
The authors conclude that electronic fetal monitoring is here to stay despite its many shortcomings (failure to interpret CTG traces, failure to incorporate the clinical picture, delay in taking action and poor communication and documentation standards).
The recommendation came after panel members voiced hope and concern--hope that the STAN S31 fetal heart monitoring system could decrease the false-positive rate of standard electronic fetal monitoring and thus reduce the rate of unnecessary cesarean sections, and concern that it could potentially do the opposite and further increase the cesarean section rate.
Electronic fetal monitoring strips are frequently not kept as part of the hospital record and need to be requested separately.
A new study reports that electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) does not improve outcomes.
But electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), first introduced in the late 1960s, has increasingly become the technique of choice and is now used during three out of four deliveries in the United States.
Online education programs enable healthcare personnel to pursue personal skills development while avoiding conflicts with corporate restrictions and other cost-saving initiatives," said McMannus, who manages GE Healthcare's online programs, including those for Sepsis Management, Electronic Fetal Monitoring and Preventing Hospital Acquired Complications.
Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) reduces the risk of intrapartum fetal death from fetal hypoxia and prevents about one prenatal death per 1000 births.
They are refused VBACs, vaginal delivery of breech presentations, food and drink, and are forced to accept continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), to name but a few.
Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is now routinely used to evaluate both the infant's heart rate as well as the pregnant woman's contractions.
However, the pervasive use of electronic fetal monitoring in obstetric practice has been challenging because of a lack of standardized nomenclature for heart rate assessment and clear guidance about how to interpret and manage various types of tracings.
They include chapters on tests during the antepartal period and fetal assessment and electronic fetal monitoring, reflecting the increase in intervention in maternity care.

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