Highlights in Obstetrics From the 50th Annual Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

David Cole, MD


June 11, 2002

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Fetal Pulse Oximetry

Fetal pulse oximetry is another hot topic. The goal of fetal pulse oximetry is to give the obstetrician more information on how best to deal with a nonreassuring fetal heart rate tracing with regard to hypoxia and acidosis. A multicenter controlled trial has been completed, which demonstrated no change in the cesarean section rate.[11] The study did show, however, a reduction in the number of cesareans for nonreassuring fetal heart rate tracings. A large prospective trial of fetal pulse oximetry with 10,000 patients in the Maternal-Fetal Network is under way, which hopefully will give us more information regarding the benefits of fetal pulse oximetry.[12] ACOG has not endorsed the use of fetal pulse oximetry at this time.[13]


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