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Why is safety in intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring so hard? A qualitative study combining human factors/ergonomics and social science analysis.

Lamé G, Liberati EG, Canham A, et al. Why is safety in intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring so hard? A qualitative study combining human factors/ergonomics and social science analysis. BMJ Qual Saf. 2023;Epub Nov 9. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2023-016144.

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February 7, 2024
Lamé G, Liberati EG, Canham A, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2023;Epub Nov 9.
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Electronic fetal monitoring is widely used but can lead to preventable patient harm. Using a human factors and ergonomics approach based on the SEIPS model, this study explored the work processes and system factors influencing the use of electronic fetal monitoring. The authors discuss the role of staffing and workload, equipment/space design and function, escalation processes, and clinical competence to detect and address fetal deterioration.

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Lamé G, Liberati EG, Canham A, et al. Why is safety in intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring so hard? A qualitative study combining human factors/ergonomics and social science analysis. BMJ Qual Saf. 2023;Epub Nov 9. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2023-016144.

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