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Warning on foetal monitoring with cardiotocographs

A warning on foetal monitoring with cardiotocographs first made in 2002 has been repeated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Adverse outcomes are still being reported in the presence of CTG traces that appear normal. For example, the display of double maternal heart rate (MHR x 2) can be falsely reassuring, the MHRA warned.

It said cardiotocograph should not be relied upon in isolation to monitor the condition of the foetus and the presence of a foetal heartbeat should also be checked by independent means such as a Pinard stethoscope or hand-held Doppler.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Latterlife Midwife

    I've asked this before, but no response. Would it really be so difficult for you to include the link to the relevant article or statement? It would make things much easier for your readers who want more information, and I cannot believe that would be a problem for you, Nursing Times. Thank you.

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  • Latterlife Midwife

    For anyone else interested, the pdf document link can be found on this page: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Publications/Safetywarnings/MedicalDeviceAlerts/CON085061. There, simple.

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