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Routine Electronic Monitoring Of Fetuses Is Challenged in Study

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 13:07

Electronic fetal monitoring during labor and delivery, used with a majority of births in this country, offers little significant benefit to justify its routine use, according to researchers reviewing the practice.

Researchers at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said a review of the most significant controlled studies of the effectiveness and safety of electronic fetal monitoring indicated that routine use of the procedure had no measurable effect on death or illness of infants or mothers.

But they said electronic monitoring was associated with a higher rate of Cesarean deliveries, which increases surgical risks to mothers.

Warren E. Leary, New York Times, A11, Oct. 25