New wire­less mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem of­fers com­fort, in­creased mo­bil­ity for moth­ers in la­bor

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION - Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal

Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal 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 safe and ef­fec­tive care while hon­or­ing a pa­tient’s pref­er­ences. One of the ben­e­fits is the de­vice is small and uses a peel-and­stick 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.

North­west Health is one of the largest health net­works in Arkansas with five hos­pi­tals: North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter – Bentonville, North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter – Spring­dale, North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter – Wil­low Creek Women’s Hos­pi­tal, Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal and North­west Health Physi­cians’ Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal. The sys­tem has 487 beds, a com­bined ac­tive med­i­cal staff of more than 540 physi­cians and 2,200 em­ploy­ees work­ing to­gether to pro­vide qual­ity health­care for the re­gion. North­west Health is a mem­ber of the Mayo Clinic Care Net­work, a se­lect group of in­de­pen­dent health sys­tems that works closely with Mayo Clinic to im­prove the de­liv­ery of health­care and bet­ter serve its pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties. North­west Health Physi­cians’ Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal is owned, in part, by physi­cians.

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