Essentials of Fetal Monitoring

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Springer Publishing Company, Oct 27, 2006 - Medical - 228 pages
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As over 85% of pregnant women entering labor and delivery floors undergo fetal monitoring, it is essential that nurses in this field are well-versed in the signs of fetal well-being and compromise obtained from FHR monitoring. Michelle Murray and company have created this workbook to provide a complete guide to fetal monitoring, useful for any nurse currently working in a labor and delivery setting as well those just starting their studies. You will not find a more essential volume on this topic, covering almost all issues you will encounter, including:

  • Systematic assessment of the pregnant patient
  • External and internal fetal monitoring
  • A step-by-step guide to the different equipment and procedures of fetal monitoring
  • Detailed reproductions of actual fetal monitor tracings
  • NICHD definitions to describe alternative terminology for documentation
  • Skill testing exercises and true/false questions at each chapter end
  • Ways to identify ineffective actions that can delay timely interventions

Along with its use as a training guide, Essentials of Fetal Monitoring is an excellent reference for use at the bedside and should be a part of any labor and delivery nurse's repertoire. Please see our separate entry on the new third edition of Murray's classic Antepartal and Intrapartal Fetal Monitoring, also just published.

To learn more about Dr. Murray's seminars and certification classes, as well as how to purchase copies of her Fetal Monitoring in Clinical Practice Multimedia Interactive CD-Rom package, please visit her website at


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Section 1 Systematic Assessment of the Pregnant Woman
Section 2 The Paper
Section 3 External and Internal Fetal Monitoring
Section 4 Uterine Contractions
Section 5 The Baseline
Section 6 LongTerm Variability
Section 7 ShortTerm Variability
Section 8 Accelerations
Section 10 Late and Spontaneous Decelerations
Section 11 Variable Decelerations
Section 12 Prolonged Decelerations
Section 13 Strip Evaluation and Categorization
Section 14 NICHD Definitions
Section 15 Skills Validation Tools
Glossary and Abbreviation List

Section 9 Early Decelerations

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