Intermittent auscultation may reduce risk for emergency cesarean delivery

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Sumary of Intermittent auscultation may reduce risk for emergency cesarean delivery:

  • Other fetal surveillance types had a lower risk for emergency cesarean delivery and did not have an increased risk for adverse neonatal or maternal outcomes, a meta-analysis found..
  • Al Wattar, PhD, of Warwick Medical School in the U.K., told Healio Primary Care that although cardiotocography “offers more information continuously on the fetal heart rate”.
  • Al Wattar and colleagues assessed the effectiveness of different types of fetal surveillance — including intermittent auscultation with Pinard stethoscope/handheld Doppler;.
  • and cardiotocography with fetal scalp lactate, fetal scalp pH analysis, fetal pulse oximetry and fetal heart electrocardiogram;.
  • The researchers also found a risk ratio of 1.21 (95% CI, 1.04-1.42) for computer-aided cardiotocography with fetal scalp blood pH sampling….

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