Wireless Heart Rate Monitor Gives New Mobility to Women During Labor
November 19, 2019 by John Smith
During the hours a woman is in labor, one of the most important things she can do to improve her comfort and possibly decrease the length of labor is to shift positions, walk around, use a birthing ball or do other activities.
Traditionally, it is difficult, uncomfortable or impossible to do any of these because of the transducers, belts and cables used to accurately monitor the health of baby and mother.
Not only is the traditional system uncomfortable, but it requires a nurse to constantly readjust the transducers, belts and cables, or to hook and unhook women from the system for activities such as bathing.
Now, an innovative wireless monitor from GE Healthcare is set to dramatically change this situation.
For the first time in the Middle East, King Hamad University Hospital in Bahrain is offering the Novii™ Wireless Patch System, which monitors fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate and uterine activity, all with a single wireless patch.
It does not require any cables, belts or transducers, nor re-positioning once the signal is acquired. Novii allows real freedom and mobility which can help the birthing process and provide a more comfortable experience for patients.
The hospital has installed 10 Novii devices in its maternity ward, and GE Healthcare provided a three-day comprehensive training to more than 90 nurses, midwives and doctors. The training covered theory, hands-on patch application and live patient monitoring.
“Several risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth are preventable, and today, fetal and maternal health monitors provide data that can support clinicians to make quick and accurate clinical assessments,” said Elie Chaillot, President & CEO, GE Healthcare in the Eastern Growth Markets. “With the new Novii Wireless Patch System, the labor experience is made more comfortable for expectant mothers.”
The Novii Pod wirelessly transmits data to the Novii Interface which easily integrates this data into a hospital or central nursing surveillance system via Corometrics, helping to ensure nurses and providers have continuous patient data. At the same time, the system gives patients the freedom to follow their labor plan, choose their laboring position and even do things like shower.