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Comparison of a computer system evaluation of intrapartum cardiotocographic events and a consensus of clinicians

Maria Antónia Costa, Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Ana P. Machado, Cristina C. Santos and João Bernardes
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Aims: To compare between computer analysis of intrapartum cardiotocography (CTG) features by the Omniview-SisPorto® 3.5 and a consensus of clinicians.

Methods: Agreement study using 50 consecutively acquired tracings (206 h of signals) with >60 min duration, <10% signal loss and recorded in labor at term by internal fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring. Tracings were divided into 10-min segments and independently analyzed by three experienced clinicians, in order to estimate the FHR baseline and identify periodic events. A consensus was reached using a three round Delphi procedure. Results were compared with the analysis provided by the Omniview-SisPorto® 3.5 system.

Results: For baseline estimation, agreement between the computer and the consensus was high [intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC)=0.85; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.46–0.93], with a mean difference of 3.7 bpm (limits of agreement –4.4–11.9 bpm), and 99% of differences under 15 bpm. A concordant identification was observed in 71% of accelerations (95% CI: 69%–73%), 68% of decelerations (95% CI: 66%–70%), and 87% of uterine contractions (95% CI: 85%–89%).

Conclusions: A high agreement was observed between the Omniview-SisPorto® 3.5 and a consensus of clinicians in evaluation of intrapartum CTG baseline, accelerations, decelerations and uterine contractions.

Corresponding author: Maria Antónia Costa, Departamento de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia, Faculdad de Medicna da Universidade do Porto, Alameda Hernani Monteiro, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal Fax: +351225512242

Received: 2009-6-7
Revised: 2009-9-13
Accepted: 2009-10-20
Published Online: 2010-02-02
Published Online: 2010-02-2
Published in Print: 2010-03-01

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