Policy Number


IWK - 7050.1 Care Directive-Application of Fetal Spiral Electrode


Fetal spiral electrodes are used for internal monitoring of the fetal heart rate during the intrapartum period. This method is indicated when the external tracing is inadequate for interpretation.  Application of the fetal spiral electrode is considered a beyond entry level competency for  registered nurses in the Birth unit.  And application of same is supported under emergency situation according to the Care Directive.

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IWK - 124.1 - Consent to Treatment
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IWK - 7050 - Fetal Spiral Electrode - Application and Management
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