Maternal insertion in electronic fetal monitoring: A case report

Christiane Schwarz*

*Corresponding author for this work


It is important that professionals using electronic fetal monitoring are aware of various aspects regarding interpretation and clinical value of the trace. In practice, there are some typical misunderstandings and mistakes, which can lead to unexpected and sometimes adverse outcomes. One of the most frequent errors is the recording of maternal blood vessel pulsation (maternal insertion), instead of the fetal heart. In this article, a case of maternal insertion is presented and implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)162-166
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 03.2014

Research Areas and Centers

  • Health Sciences

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-02 Public Health, Health Services Research and Social Medicine
  • 205-21 Gynaecology and Obstetrics

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