New sys­tem of­fers com­fort, in­creased mo­bil­ity

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS -

Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal (SSRH) re­cently added new tech­nol­ogy for mon­i­tor­ing that pro­vides moth­ers the free­dom to safely move around dur­ing the la­bor process.

The ma­ter­nal/fe­tal wire­less patch tech­nol­ogy is a sin­gle patch sys­tem placed on the ex­pec­tant moth­ers’ ab­domen. This cord-free, belt-free so­lu­tion mon­i­tors fe­tal heart rate, ma­ter­nal heart rate and uter­ine ac­tiv­ity while of­fer­ing pa­tients more free­dom of move­ment dur­ing the birth ex­pe­ri­ence. Without cords con­nect­ing the pa­tient to a fe­tal mon­i­tor, la­bor­ing moth­ers are free to get up as needed. The wire­less patch tech­nol­ogy may also be worn in the shower and bath.

“The new sys­tem gives our pa­tients more mo­bil­ity and in­creases their com­fort dur­ing the la­bor process,” said Loretta Jor­dan, direc­tor of SSRH Women’s and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices. “It’s very ex­cit­ing to bring ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy to our pa­tients that pro­vides save and ef­fec­tive care while hon­or­ing a pa­tient’s pref­er­ences. One of the ben­e­fits is the de­vice is small, and uses a peel-and-stick patch to stay on the mother’s ab­domen. Utiliz­ing Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy, data is sent to mon­i­tors so staff can ef­fec­tively track ma­ter­nal and fe­tal heart rates and con­trac­tions.”

SSRH’s Women’s and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices is rec­og­nized by the March of Dimes for the Healthy Ba­bies are Worth the Wait ini­tia­tive and also re­ceived the Sil­ver Safe Sleep Leader des­ig­na­tion by The Na­tional Safe Sleep Hos­pi­tal Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram.

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