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Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring, Fifth Edition

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Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring, Fifth Edition

SKU# 9780826172266

Author: Michelle Murray PhD, RNC

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Written for labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, and maternal–child and family birth nurses, Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring, Fifth Edition, expertly presents how to identify fetal well-being and the signs of potential fetal and uterine compromise. An accurate interpretation of fetal heart rate patterns and uterine activity helps to ensure the safest labor and delivery process for mother and baby.

Chapters present the best practices for distinguishing normal from abnormal fetal heart rate patterns and uterine activity. Designed in an engaging workbook-style format with step-by-step instruction, this evidence-based resource is for the beginning learner as well as the seasoned professional.

Key Features

  • Covers systematic assessment of the pregnant patient
  • Addresses external and internal fetal and maternal monitoring
  • Includes a step-by-step guide to fetal monitoring equipment and procedures
  • Based on peer-reviewed clinically applicable research
  • Contains detailed reproductions of actual fetal monitor tracings
  • Clarifies differences between maternal and fetal heart rate patterns
  • Contains a dedicated section on chronic hypoxia, acute asphyxia, and the nursing role
  • Identifies ineffective actions that can delay timely interventions
  • Sets forth legal issues
  • Provides skill-testing exercises

What’s NEW

  • Includes a NEW evidence-based section on normal vs. excessive uterine activity discussing prevention of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Increased focus on the uterus and the effect of contractions on fetal health.
  • All relevant sections updated to include latest evidence, research, equipment, clinical practice considerations, and interventions.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 21, 2018
  • Page Count 478
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826172266
  • EISBN 9780826172310

Table of Contents 


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Section 1 Systematic Assessment of the Pregnant Woman

Section 2 The Paper Output and the Computer Image

Section 3 External and Internal Fetal Monitoring

Section 4 Maternal Heart Rate Patterns

Section 5 Uterine Contractions

Section 6 Abnormal Uterine Activity

Section 7 The Baseline

Section 8 Baseline Variability

Section 9 Short-Term Variability

Section 10 Accelerations

Section 11 Early Decelerations

Section 12 Late and Spontaneous Decelerations

Section 13 Variable Decelerations and the Checkmark Pattern

Section 14 Prolonged Decelerations

Section 15 Fetal Hypoxia, Acidosis, and Asphyxia

Section 16 Strip Evaluation and Categorization of Fetal Heart Rate Patterns

Section 17 Fetal Monitoring Workshops Sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Section 18 Skills Validation