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Acceptability of the fetal electrocardiographic (STAN®) monitoring system by staff at a high risk maternity unit

Maryam Parisaei, Kevin F. Harrington and Katrina J. Erskine
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Aims: To assess staff acceptability of STAN® monitoring system.

Methods: This was a prospective study of health care professionals involved in the first 18 months of STAN® use at a high risk maternity unit.

Results: During the study period 75% of midwives and 80% of doctors questioned felt confident when interpreting STAN® cases. A total of 88% of midwives and 90% of doctors felt adequately supported in their actual clinical use of the system. Of all the obstetricians who used the STAN®, 95% felt it was an acceptable alternative to fetal blood sampling. One of the main complaints was poor signal quality which occurred in 16% of cases. As many as 97% of doctors and 96% of midwives considered STAN® to be an acceptable way of monitoring high risk women after its introduction.

Conclusions: Introduction of a new monitoring system to a high risk labor ward is possible, and acceptable to its staff. Constant practical and theoretical support and adherence to strict, easily understood guidelines is required.

Corresponding author: Maryam Parisaei, MRCOG Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing University College Hospital 235 Euston Road London NW1 2BU UK

Received: 2009-3-29
Revised: 2009-8-2
Accepted: 2009-10-7
Published Online: 2010-02-02
Published Online: 2010-02-2
Published in Print: 2010-03-01

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