Intrapartum Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Nomenclature, Interpretation, and General Management Principles
Intrapartum monitoring is designed to detect fetal metabolic acidosis and to prevent hypoxia. Prior to its implementation, intrapartum fetal death rates were between 3 and 4 per 1000. A normal tracing reliably predicts a well-oxygenated fetus; however, an abnormal tracing is less predictive of fetal status. The three-tiered fetal heart rate interpretation system should be used to assist in determining fetal status .
KeywordsElectronic fetal monitoring Deceleration Acceleration Variability Amnioinfusion
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