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<i>Continuous electronic fetal monitoring during labour</i>

Ian Leck and Stephen B. Thacker

in Antenatal and Neonatal Screening

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192628268
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628268.003.0021
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring during labour

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This chapter describes electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) during labour. EFM during labour involves recording the fetal heart rate by means of an electrode on the fetal scalp or an ultrasound probe on the mother's abdomen. The aim is to identify fetal hypoxia at an early enough stage in labour to carry out a Caesarean or instrumental delivery before the hypoxia can lead to perinatal death or lasting neuropsychiatric disability.

Keywords: electronic fetal monitoring; fetal heart rate; perinatal death; neuropsychiatric disability; fetal hypoxia; intrapartum screening

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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