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Intrapartum Auscultation of the Fetal Heart Rate

Thursday, 18 December 2008 10:19

A fetal heart rate recording containing a variable deceleration was played for 120 physicians and nurses. Although mean estimates for baseline and nadir of the fetal heart rate and duration of the deceleration were not significantly different from the actual values, individual estimates of the three parameters were widely distributed. Adjunctive techniques for intrapartum fetal heart rate auscultation are recommended. Author-abstract.

Strong, T. H. and D. L. Jarles. 1993.  American Journal of Obstet Gynecol 168:935-6.