Are you using just data or rich clinical information to assess labor?
Here’s a definition of data
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, data is the output from a sensing device that includes both useful and relevant or redundant information and must be processed to be meaningful.
Above is a familiar example:
Traditional electronic fetal monitoring systems, developed long before computers made real-time analysis possible in a hospital setting, deliver numeric measurements of fetal heart rate and contractions and presents them in graph form.
Converting this obstetric data to information of actual use is left entirely up to clinicians in their role as human calculators.
Here’s a definition of clinical information
Knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction which justifies change in a plan or theory.
Information-rich decision support tools, illustrated in a PeriGen screenshot shown above, convert data into intelligence that make more robust interpretation and decision-making possible.
How many perinatal nurses are limited to just using data to assess labor?