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dc.contributor.authorStefos, T.en
dc.contributor.authorSotiriadis, A.en
dc.contributor.authorTsirkas, P.en
dc.contributor.authorKorkontzelos, I.en
dc.contributor.authorPapadimitriou, D.en
dc.contributor.authorLolis, D.en
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dc.subjectFetal Distress/*diagnosisen
dc.subject*Labor Stage, Firsten
dc.subjectPredictive Value of Testsen
dc.subjectPregnancy Outcomeen
dc.subjectProspective Studiesen
dc.titleEvaluation of fetal heart monitoring in the first stage of laboren
heal.type.enJournal articleen
heal.type.elΆρθρο Περιοδικούel
heal.recordProviderΠανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικήςel
heal.abstractOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of continuous electronic fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring in the first stage of labor. METHODS: A total of 814 pregnant women in labor without identifiable risk factors was divided into two groups. In group A (468 cases), continuous FHR monitoring began in the earliest phase of the first stage of labor (cervical dilatation < or = 4 cm), while in group B (346 cases) it began when the cervical dilatation was > 4 cm. Initial FHR tracings were normal in all 814 cases. The fetal monitoring findings were analyzed at 10-min intervals, and comparisons were made between the two groups concerning FHR findings and their correlation with the state of the newborns. RESULTS: No significant difference was found between the two groups in the incidence of repetitive variable decelerations (1.9% and 1.7%, respectively); sporadic variable decelerations (9.2% and 8.7%, respectively); persistent repetitive late decelerations that resulted in Cesarean section (1.1% and 1.4%, respectively); or sporadic late decelerations (8.3% and 8.1%, respectively). One newborn from each group required intensive neonatal care. CONCLUSIONS: The same tracing sufficiency of fetal stress was observed in the two groups. However, the manner of labor supervision in group B seemed to be more beneficial, because of greater maternal comfort, a lower necessity for personnel, lower consumption of cardiotocographic materials and the possibility of labor induction for more women. Since fetal monitoring is widely used, it is preferable to start continuous FHR monitoring when the dilatation of the cervix approximates 4-5 cm (second phase of the first stage of labor) without risk of fetal loss.en
heal.journalNameJ Matern Fetal Meden
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