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"My whole room went into chaos because of that thing in the corner": unintended consequences of a central fetal monitoring system.

Small K, Sidebotham M, Gamble J, et al. "My whole room went into chaos because of that thing in the corner": unintended consequences of a central fetal monitoring system. Midwifery. 2021;102:103074. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2021.103074.

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August 4, 2021
Small K, Sidebotham M, Gamble J, et al. Midwifery. 2021;102:103074.

Health information technologies intended to reduce patient harm may have unintended consequences (UC). Midwives describe the unintended consequences of central fetal monitoring technology. These consequences included potential loss of patient trust in the midwife, changes in clinical practice, and increased documentation during labor. The authors recommend reevaluation of use of central fetal monitoring due to potential UC without demonstrating improvements in maternal safety.

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Small K, Sidebotham M, Gamble J, et al. "My whole room went into chaos because of that thing in the corner": unintended consequences of a central fetal monitoring system. Midwifery. 2021;102:103074. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2021.103074.