Title Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring, 5/e
Author Michelle L Murray, Gayle Huelsmann, Nanci Koperski
ISBN 9780826172266
List price USD 75.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 478
Book size 210 x 280 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Written for labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, and maternal–child and family birth nurses, Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring, Fifth Edition, expertly presents how to identify fetal well-being and the signs of potential fetal and uterine compromise. An accurate interpretation of fetal heart rate patterns and uterine activity helps to ensure the safest labor and delivery process for mother and baby.

Chapters present the best practices for distinguishing normal from abnormal fetal heart rate patterns and uterine activity. Designed in an engaging workbook-style format with step-by-step instruction, this evidence-based resource is for the beginning learner as well as the seasoned professional.

Key Features:

  • Covers systematic assessment of the pregnant patient
  • Addresses external and internal fetal and maternal monitoring
  • Includes a step-by-step guide to fetal monitoring equipment and procedures
  • Based on peer-reviewed clinically applicable research
  • Contains detailed reproductions of actual fetal monitor tracings
  • Clarifies differences between maternal and fetal heart rate patterns
  • Contains a dedicated section on chronic hypoxia, acute asphyxia, and the nursing role
  • Identifies ineffective actions that can delay timely interventions
  • Sets forth legal issues
  • Provides skill-testing exercises

What’s NEW

  • Includes a NEW evidence-based section on normal vs. excessive uterine activity discussing prevention of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Increased focus on the uterus and the effect of contractions on fetal health.
  • All relevant sections updated to include latest evidence, research, equipment, clinical practice considerations, and interventions.


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Section 1: Systematic Assessment of the Pregnant Woman

Section 2: The Paper Output and the Computer Image

Section 3: External and Internal Fetal Monitoring

Section 4: Maternal Heart Rate Patterns

Section 5: Uterine Contractions

Section 6: Abnormal Uterine Activity

Section 7: The Baseline

Section 8: Baseline Variability

Section 9: Short-Term Variability

Section 10: Accelerations

Section 11: Early Decelerations

Section 12: Late and Spontaneous Decelerations

Section 13: Variable Decelerations and the Checkmark Pattern

Section 14: Prolonged Decelerations

Section 15: Fetal Hypoxia, Acidosis, and Asphyxia

Section 16: Strip Evaluation and Categorization of Fetal Heart Rate Patterns

Section 17: Fetal Monitoring Workshops Sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Section 18: Skills Validation



About the Editors:

Michelle L. Murray, PhD, RNC-OB, is an international educator, author, and expert in obstetric nursing. She is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Childbirth. Dr. Murray has taught nursing students and nurses in the United States, Canada, and Bahrain and has spent the majority of her career as a labor and delivery nurse and obstetric nursing educator. She was appointed by the provost at the University of New Mexico as a clinical associate professor. Dr. Murray’s company, Learning Resources International, Inc., produces clinical and educational products, and she has delivered seminars to nurses, midwives, and physicians. Her work has been published in journals such as Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care; the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing; the Journal of Perinatololgy; the Journal of Nursing Care Quality; and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Dr. Murray was also a contributor to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses’ publication Nursing Management of the Second Stage of Labor. Her best-selling books include Antepartal and Intrapartal Fetal Monitoring, Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring, and Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice.

Gayle Huelsmann, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, is certified in inpatient obstetrics and holds a certificate of advanced qualification in electronic fetal monitoring from the National Certification Corporation. She has been an antepartal nurse and a labor and delivery nurse for more than 30 years and served as a maternal air transport nurse with Lifeguard Air Emergency Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Huelsmann is a recipient of the PRIDE nurse award from Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque and is the coauthor of Essentials of Fetal Monitoring and Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice. Ms. Huelsmann has also published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.

Nanci Koperski, RNC-OB, LNCC, MBA, MHSA, is certified in inpatient obstetrics and legal nurse consulting with two master’s degrees: one in business administration and one in healthcare administration. She has been a labor and delivery staff nurse, a patient care coordinator in women’s health, a quality improvement coordinator, a labor and delivery nurse specialist, a nursing supervisor, a healthcare administrator, and a vice president of operations at a major healthcare institution in the Southwest. Ms. Koperski was selected as a reviewer of the new book Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice. She currently works as a nurse paralegal, reviewing and summarizing medical records in medical malpractice, personal injury, and drug/device cases. Ms. Koperski also prepares experts and clients for deposition and trial testimony.

Target Audience:

Useful for labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, and maternal-child and family birth nurses.


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