Thanks to innovations in technology, antepartum fetal monitors have come a long way since the 1970s.
Today’s equipment is highly valuable in detecting heartbeat irregularities in fetuses in their last trimesters subject to increased risk of stillbirth. Often used in conjunction with real-time ultrasonography and umbilical artery Doppler velocimetry, the monitors can accurately inform on whether intervention is needed to restore a normal heartbeat and/or prevent intrauterine injury or neurological damage.
“In most cases, a normal antepartum fetal test result is highly reassuring, as reflected in the low false-negative rate of antepartum fetal surveillance,” notes a recent bulletin by the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. “Theoretic models and large clinical studies suggest initiating antepartum fetal testing no earlier than 32 0/7 weeks of gestation is appropriate for most at-risk patients. However, in pregnancies with multiple or particularly worrisome high-risk conditions (e.g., chronic hypertension with suspected fetal growth restriction), testing might begin at a gestational age when delivery would be considered for perinatal benefit.”
The monitors are typically recommended when the pregnant woman exhibits the following, reports American Family Physician:
- Maternal conditions such as antiphospholipid syndrome; poorly controlled hyperthyroidism; hemoglobinopathies such as hemoglobin SS, SC or S-thalassemia; cyanotic heart disease; systemic lupus erythematosus; chronic renal disease; type 1 diabetes mellitus or hypertensive disorders.
- Pregnancy-related conditions such as pregnancy-induced hypertension; decreased fetal movement; oligohydramnios; polyhydramnios; intrauterine growth restriction; post-term pregnancy; moderate to severe isoimmunization; previous fetal demise or multiple gestation with significant growth discrepancy.
Our Advanced Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT350 offers ease of use and accuracy through its 7-inch TFT color LCD monitor, waterproof probes, rechargeable built-in battery, storage capacity for 450 hours of patient data at any given time and ability to network with a PC (RS-232 or optional Bluetooth).
The focus when creating medical devices should be to provide the best possible outcome for the patient. This means that manufacturers should want to help patients avoid repeat visits, lingering symptoms and other complications. In short, the first treatment should ideally be the last. With that in mind, all of the devices sold through Medical Device Depot are highly refined in order to produce the best possible outcome. From the bone densitometers to the fetal monitors, every item is carefully chosen to aim toward the new standard of medical devices.
These 5 outcomes should be at the forefront of every manufacture’s goals, according to the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry:
- Streamlined Processes – In a complicated field, it is essential to streamline processes as much as possible to ensure that patients receive speedy and effective care. Because an inefficient workflow could keep a patient from being referred to surgery on time, for example, it should be a goal to identify ways to optimize the any and all processes.
- Smart Functions – While doctors are experts, they are still human. Mistakes can be made and not every treatment is guaranteed to be successful. Devices like vessel detection technology, for instance, can help prevent accidental cuts before they occur.
- Enhanced Patient-Doctor Communication – Clear communication surrounding diagnoses and after-care is vital to a patient’s comfort and feeling of well-being. Manufacturers should consider how procedures will be discussed and what needs to be done in order to communicate questions and concerns.
- Simple and Targeted Education – Another facet that is essential to success is the complete understanding of what a doctor is communicating to the patient. Patients should be educated carefully and thoroughly so each is comfortable with the information given to them.
- Macro Data Translation – With the rise of electronic health records, compiling and reading data is easier than ever. Data can be sortedby patient geography, state of the disease, as well as culture and lifestyle trends. Tailoring solutions to particular segments of the population is a powerful way to track individual behaviors that lead to better health outcomes and can be applied to larger populations.