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Intermittent auscultation of the fetal heart rate: a review of general principles.
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PMID:  11930379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Multiple randomized clinical trials have been unsuccessful in providing evidence of efficacy of electronic fetal monitoring; thus, there is renewed interest in intermittent auscultation during labor for women with low-risk pregnancies. Auscultation must be used with palpation or external or internal electronic monitoring of uterine contractions. Auscultation and palpation require education, experience, and competency validation at regular intervals. Institutional policies and standards of care are mandatory for intermittent auscultation. Concerns exist regarding the personnel costs for auscultation; however, these costs may ultimately be shown to be offset by significant benefits in improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.
L Goodwin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0893-2190     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:  2000 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-04     Completed Date:  2002-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801387     Medline TA:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-61     Citation Subset:  N    
Family Birthplace and Family Beginnings Unit, Group Health Eastside and Central Hospitals, Seattle, Washington, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Monitoring
Heart Auscultation / instrumentation,  methods*
Heart Rate, Fetal*
Labor, Obstetric

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