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How often do you document fht's?

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My first two jobs we didn't have portable telemetry monitoring so if the woman needed to be continuously monitored we were limited to using the bed for positioning or the birthing ball/standing next to the bed. My current facility has telemetry that even works with our scalp clips so women can walk or be up even if they need to be on continuous. It's great and usually works fairly well!

I have always preferred IA in any low risk situation but many OBs I have worked with are still very uncomfortable with it. My current hospital requires continuous monitoring during an epidural because one time a baxillion years ago a woman sat up for an epi and had a cord prolapse when her water broke and the outcome wasn't good. Stupid knee jerk reaction. A policy indicating IA in case of SRM would be just as safe and a lot easier IMO.

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Just curious, you are talking about continuous aren't you? Doesn't that cause issue with requiring the woman to lay in bed throught her labour? Or do you have portable monitors? Do you get many women that refuse? Or place their own restrictions? Say Doppler once an hour or something?

I would refuse the hell out of it :D My body can't do what it's supposed to when I'm laying down. I was a walker and a squatter during my two labors.

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We have continuous monitoring with several centralized monitors at the nurses stations, break room, Dr on-call rooms, etc so if a baby looks to have an issue, there are many eyes on it. However if someone is in early labor with no issues then we will document q hour. Once pit is started or there's an epidural or transition, then we document q 30 minutes.

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Like most of you, we document q 30 with no intervention and q 15 once there is pit or an epidural. Part of protocol upon admission is continuous monitoring. Not many women complain since most don't get admitted unless they want an epidural. We only do intermittent monitoring (15 minutes on, 45 minutes off) with a written order.

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