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Thirty years of fetal and neonatal physiologic measurements. Have they made a difference?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10572735     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In looking at fetal and neonatal measurement technology as covered in this issue and as reported in areas not covered in this issue, we need to ask the question: Has this technology made a difference? Unfortunately, the answer is not clear. There are cases where the answer is a solid "yes" and other cases where "maybe" is the best we can say at the present time. There are also a few examples where even though noble attempts have been made, the answer must be "no." What does this mean in terms of what needs to be done? We certainly need to continue the development of new measurement technology and to carry out this development based on sound physiologic and engineering principles. We need to understand better the physical and biologic basis of the measurements that we make and to perform carefully controlled clinical trials of technology before bringing it to the marketplace. Data presentation and archiving is an important issue that, although it is being addressed today, still has future implications as the amount of data increase. Finally, we must not forget the importance of our ultimate goal of helping families to have healthy, happy offspring.
M R Neuman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in perinatology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0095-5108     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Perinatol     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-07     Completed Date:  1999-12-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501306     Medline TA:  Clin Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1017-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering, Herff College of Engineering, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Equipment and Supplies
Fetal Heart / physiology
Fetal Monitoring / instrumentation,  methods
Fetus / physiology*
Infant, Newborn / physiology*
Perinatology / instrumentation,  methods,  trends*

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