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Is deceleration area on fetal heart rate monitoring predictive of fetal acidemia?

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PRACTICE?

  • Electronic fetal heart-rate monitoring is a poor screening test but its positive and negative predictive value may be improved by the criteria used in this study
  • The authors found that >10 min of Category 3 tracings prior to delivery was associated with fetal acidemia


 

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Citation: Cahill AG, Tuuli MG, Stout MJ, et al. A prospective cohort study of fetal heart rate monitoring: deceleration area is predictive of fetal acidemia. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;218:523.e1–e12.

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