The NHSLA report ‘Ten Years of Maternity Claims’ has highlighted cardiotocograph (CTG) interpretation as a major source of litigation, with the main allegations focusing on the failure to recognise an abnormal CTG and act on it. Failure to refer appropriately and poor documentation were also commonly recognised in the report.
- To provide evidence-based training on CTG Interpretation based on fetal physiology and pathophysiology of intrapartum hypoxic injury so as to reduce hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy and perinatal deaths whilst reducing unnecessary operative interventions
- To understand control of fetal heart rate and the factors that affect the features observed on the Cardiotocograph (CTG)
- To understand the types of intrapartum hypoxia and resultant features observed on CTG Trace
- To appreciate wider clinical picture such as inflammation, infection and meconium whilst interpreting CTG Traces
- To ensure rational application of National Guidelines and the role of additional tests of fetal wellbeing to optimize perinatal outcomes
- To effect a paradigm shift from pattern recognition to the use of knowledge of fetal pathophysiology whilst interpreting CTG Traces
This exciting and hugely popular one-day course is beneficial for all midwives, obstetricians and clinical negligence lawyers who are involved in interpreting CTG traces. A basic knowledge of CTG interpretation would be beneficial, but not essential.