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The nonstress test.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Obstetrics and Gynecology
0029-7844
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
51
Issue
4
Pages
419–421
Identifiers
PMID: 662223
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Antepartum fetal evaluation by heart rate monitoring was carried out on a clinical service during a 1-year period utilizing the nonstress test as the primary screening device. Nonreactive nonstress tests were supplemented by the oxytocin contraction stress test. In this study, the use of the nonstress test appropriately led to the identification of all fetuses who were in jeopardy and, in the majority of instances, identified fetuses in good condition who did not require the administration of oxytocin to determine fetal well-being. In our experience, the nonstress test is a reliable, inexpensive, convenient, time-saving screening procedure which can be made available to a greater number of patients than the contraction stress test alone.

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