Controversy is no stranger to electronic fetal monitoring (EFM). Few technologies in medicine can claim association with such a wide range of professional reaction. Despite controversy, it remains a mainstay of intrapartum care, suggesting that clinicians find its benefits outweigh its disadvantages.
Electronic Fetal Monitoring: An Updated Primer on the Physiology of the Fetal Heart Control. Understanding how the fetal heart reacts to labor is essential knowledge for clinicians who are responsible for the interpretation of heart rate tracings.
Hardly a day goes by without some headline extolling the accomplishments of Artificial intelligence (AI). AI applications surround us. Why is there a sudden uptick in interest? It has gotten much better and more relevant. Good news – the best is yet to come.
The explosion of technology in healthcare has led to the real possibility of providing quality patient care that is safe, efficient and cost-effective. Because nurses are considered to be one of the leading providers and coordinators of care, the profession is a pivotal stakeholder in the use of health information technology at the bedside.
2016: The leaves of the trees were just starting to show their autumn blush when a group of leading obstetricians, clinical researchers, software developers, risk management, and labor & delivery clinicians gathered to start thinking about the future.
The sessions — titled OB 3.0 — resulted in a crystallized vision — a road map — for improving obstetric care using advanced technology and process improvement.
Starting from a description of the common practices in perinatal electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) in place today, this paper outlines promising new directions in EFM technologies and analysis that have the potential to improve detection of fetal distress during labor and delivery and thereby improve maternal and fetal outcomes.