Telephone transmission of fetal heart rate monitor data

The experience at the University of Connecticut Health Center
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      This report reviews the experience at the University of Connecticut Health Center using the Fetal Assessment Consultative Transmission Service (FACTS) system during a Math Eq period. This system, which permits direct transmission of antepartum and/or intrapartum fetal heart rate tracings via a telephone line, allows the obstetric staffs of smalier community hospitals to obtain an immediate consultation from the University of Connecticut Health Center on a 24 hour per day basis. A total of 511 fetal heart rate tracings were analyzed. Two hundred forty-five were intrapartum, 206 antepartum, and 60 were transmitted for educational purposes. The results indicate an imperative need for such a service from a tertiary care center to improve the quality of regional perinatal care and to determine the future direction of the regional educational program for physicians and nurses.


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