Does CTG monitoring generate more harm than benefit for babies? Here’s the evidence….
Electronic fetal monitoring
Faith in technology, commercial interests, and liberalisation of tort law had more to do with the introduction of CTG monitoring than research evidence did.
Research published this week by Chuey, De Vries, Dal Cin, and Low (2020) explored facilitators and barriers to the use of intermittent auscultation (IA) rather than intrapartum CTG monitoring. The authors pointed out that: Despite evidence-based guidelines from professional associations recommending IA, and warning against the use of continuous monitoring, healthy individuals in labour are rarely monitored intermittently. The harms of routine EFM use are well established, yet it continues […]