Tag: EFM

EFM: ubiquitous yet flawed

“EFM has become a quintessential example of the perils of adopting new medical technologies without proper study of risks and benefits,” says a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The undiscussed cost of electronic fetal monitoring…

What is the real cost of electronic fetal monitoring?   “In randomised clinical trials comparing electronic monitoring with intermittent auscultation, electronic monitoring increased the risk of caesarean by 63% (relative risk=1.63, 95% confidence interval 1.29 to 2.07). This suggests that,…

‘Rubbish technology’

Paul Lewis describes EFM as ‘rubbish technology’, addressing the lack of robust evidence of benefits of monitoring the fetal heart in labour.