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Keeping tabs: When is antepartum fetal monitoring important?

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.”

BT-350The 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).

3 fetal monitors you can’t miss

​Fetal monitors are the most important tools for monitoring a baby’s heartbeat in the uterus. There are two types of fetal monitoring: external and internal. At Medical Device Depot, you can find fetal monitors and accessories from Natus, Bistos, Edan and Wallach. Here are some of the top fetal monitors you’ll find:

Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT – 300

BT-300This fetal monitor from Bistos is not only easy to use, but it’s portable for convenient use. Some of its top features include:

  • High sensitivity, probe-frequency 1 MHz
  • External uterine-contraction
  • Thermal array type and paper feeding function
  • Adjustable print speed and contrast
  • Unlimited multilingual support

FC 1400 Touchscreen Twin Fetal Monitor

FC-1400-BGet extreme data accuracy when monitoring twin fetus heart rate and uterine activity. This twin fetal monitor features more compact probes and robust connectors than other monitors you’ll find. And with a seven-inch-wide color LCD display and touch screen operation, this monitor offers superior data display.


Edan F6 Express Fetal Monitor

F6-EdanThis impressive, high-end fetal monitor contains the power necessary for multibed units while still maintaining a simplistic design for delivery room practice. Offering one of the most advanced integrated monitoring systems, this monitor features:

  • 24 hours waveforms playback
  • Quick printing for stored waveform
  • Multi-crystal pulse wave Doppler waterproof transducer for FHR detection
  • Basic parameters: FHR, TOCO, Event Mark, AFM
  • Maternal parameters: ECG, HR/PR, NIBP, SpO2, TEMP

When you shop at Medical Device Depot, you can be sure you’ll find the best quality and the best prices. With flexible payment options, including equipment leasing, you can’t go wrong. Browse our selection to upgrade your practice today.​

The Necessity of Fetal Monitoring

Whether you oversee a hospital, doctor’s office or prenatal care center, your practice can provide better care with a fetal monitor on hand. While this device is vital during labor, it is also useful for monitoring the health of the unborn baby while he or she is still in the womb. To do so, the device’s electrodes are placed on the belly to record the baby’s heart rate and measure the mother’s contractions. If certain changes are detected in the fetal heart rate, then doctors can move to treat the underlying problem before or after delivery.

If a mother in labor receives an epidural, faces complications or requires oxytocin to induce labor, a continuous fetal monitor is required during labor and delivery. Depending on your practice, you may even choose to have all mothers use a continuous fetal monitor despite risk factors.

With this 30-minute test, your practice can earn back $48.72 in reimbursement. And because all parts are reusable, you don’t have to pay any recurring fees for subsequent uses. The Advanced Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT350, which can be purchased through Medical Device Depot, is a top-of-the-line monitor. It is available in LCD or LED displays with memory to save 450 hours of patient data. Additionally, this device can be used for a single fetus or twins, making it a great addition to your medical office.