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Surveillance during labour.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19673681     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The technology of intrapartum surveillance made rapid strides from the 1960s through the 1980s but then stagnated as increasing resort to caesarean section was made rather than improving measures of fetal condition and labour progress. However, despite caesarean section rates commonly over 30%, medicolegally expensive mistakes continue to be made because it is difficult to teach clinicians to make reliable use of existing technology. It may be that as with aircraft navigation, the safest solution is to replace human judgement with the obstetric equivalent of automatic pilots.
Philip J Steer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatal medicine     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1619-3997     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Med     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-03     Completed Date:  2010-02-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0361031     Medline TA:  J Perinat Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  451-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiotocography / history,  methods,  trends
Fetal Monitoring / history,  methods*,  trends
Heart Rate, Fetal
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Labor, Obstetric / physiology*

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