What are the benefits of renting NST equipment for fetal heart monitoring at home?
Today’s emerging technology enables Fetal Heart Monitoring at home, allowing pregnant mothers to go about their daily lives rather than laying in a labor ward, tethered to a monitor by a tangle of wires. This is a compelling incentive to hire NST equipment rather than undergo hospital monitoring.
How is it possible to monitor a fetal heart at home?
We’re talking about a wireless, beltless, water-resistant electrode patch and pod gadget that doesn’t need to be repositioned when the infant moves (just a one-time placement).
All you have to do is have a one-time patch configuration and placement done in your Obstetrician’s office and then go home.
- A wireless, beltless, patch, and Pod-based fetal heart monitoring equipment — Allows the expectant mother to move around freely in the comfort of her own home. The Doppler-based Tocography NST machines that are now in use are wired devices that are attached to a monitor and hence do not allow mobility.
- Ultrasound Doppler technology vs. EMG signal — Early ultrasound Doppler and transducer-based (Cardiotocography) CTG equipment require transducer adjustment when the infant moves around in the womb.
There is no need to adjust electrodes in modern wireless devices that employ EMG signals. EMG signals are powerful enough to detect Fetal Heart Rate, Uterine Contractions, and Maternal Heart Rate regardless of fetal movement. Even in the case of mothers with a high BMI, EMG signals are more useful than Ultrasound Doppler signals (BMI).
- Doctor/Caregiver remote monitoring – Devices like Janitri’s Keyar enable frequent data transfer and cloud storage.
As a result, this gives mapping trends throughout the labor as well as mobile notifications/alerts to the doctor, regardless of whether they are at home, hospital, OPD, or surgery – allowing urgent action to be performed.
- The Device is available for rent – The best part is that you can get this Non-Stress Test (NST) equipment on rent and pay as you go.
Fetal heart monitoring might last for days at a time. For the expecting parents, this could be costly, boring, and stressful. At home fetal cardiac/heart monitoring is a convenient and cost-effective solution.
What is the difference between a Fetal Heart Monitor and an NST machine?
Cardiotocography or CTG machines, as well as NST machines or Non-Stress, are other names for the Fetal Heart Monitor. The majority of today’s Fetal Heart Monitors uses Ultrasound Doppler technology to measure and report Fetal Heart Rate (FHR), Uterine Contractions (UC), and Maternal Heart Rate (MHR). There are newer Fetal Heart Monitors on the market with superior technology geared at providing caregivers with more accurate, timely data and alarms while affording the pregnant mother more comfort and movement during labor.
Why is it important to keep an eye on the fetal heart rate throughout labor?
Fetal heart rate monitoring is used to detect fetal discomfort during pregnancy, especially during labor. Fetal discomfort is mainly caused by a lack of oxygen in the womb. The stress of labor could jeopardize an infant’s health or even life if there isn’t enough oxygen available. Babies who experience fetal distress during labor, such as an abnormal heart rate or passing meconium, are more likely to have difficulties after birth. Lack of oxygen during birth can cause major problems for the infant, such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, and even stillbirth.
As a result, it’s critical to diagnose fetal distress early and deliver the baby as soon as possible — either operational vaginal delivery (with forceps or a suction device) or a cesarean section.
How can a Fetal Heart Monitor detect fetal distress?
A baby’s heart rate should be between 110 to 160 beats per minute during birth, but it may vary from that range for a variety of reasons. It’s also typical for the baby’s heart rate to accelerate or decelerate in short bursts.
An abnormal heart rate can occur for a variety of reasons, including compression of the umbilical cord, which causes a slowing of blood supply to the infant. Changing the mother’s position, for example, might sometimes relieve the strain on the umbilical cord and improve the situation.
Fetal heart rate monitors are helpful medical instruments that have saved the lives of many infants. However, fetal heart rate monitoring isn’t the only thing that can be done. Other factors, like the mother’s health at the time of delivery, are also crucial.