Electronic Fetal Monitoring

EFM is ubiquitous in it’s presence throughout the Labor and Delivery world.

It has proven useful in documenting contraction patterns, fetal well-being, and fetal response to stress. We teach it’s interpretation to all of our students who will be providing care to women in labor.

As this is an introductory lecture, it assumes no previous knowledge of the topic, but does assume a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology.

Whenever I’m teaching this topic, I start with having the students simply watch the video. I reassure them that the video is fast-paced and they may not get everything on the first pass. They shouldn’t be worried, though, since we’ll go over everything in the group session that follows, and they can always go back and access the video online (at obgynmorningrounds.com).

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Notes from a Medical Educator