n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Telemetric antenatal fetal monitoring

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Extracted from text ... September 2005, Vol. 11, No. 3 71 SAJOG The origin of antenatal fetal heart rate monitoring (AFM) appears lost in the mists of time. Odendaal, 1 in his signal thesis on cardiotocography, mentions that Legumeau de Kegadarek had first observed the occurrence of fetal heart rate decelerations in 1822, after which Von Winckel, in 1893, observed that bradycardia may be associated with poor fetal outcome. Electronic AFM has remained an integral part of obstetric practice since the early 1970s, when continuous monitoring became established and the true significance of decelerations was appreciated. Developing communities often have inordinately high perinatal mortality ..

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