Management of Intrapartum Fetal Heart Rate Tracings

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Management of non-reassuring fetal heart rate patterns requires an understanding of the pathophysiology that can lead to abnormalities. Although abnormalities suggest fetal distress, false-positives are common. When aberrations are detected, other means of assessing fetal status and nonsurgical interventions should be used when possible [1].


Tachysystole Fetal heart rate tracing Category I Category II Category III Amnioinfusion Acceleration Deceleration 


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    Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, Driscoll DA. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies. Chapter 16. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.Google Scholar
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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 116: management of intrapartum fetal heart rate tracings. Obstet Gynecol. 2010;116:1232–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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