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Honey, I shrunk the monitor – and made it wireless

This wireless monitor enables moms-to-be to move more freely in the hospital, while accurately monitoring vitals

Photo Credit: Brigitta Fifield

In January 2018, Brigitta Fifield found out that she and her husband were expecting a baby boy, their third child. While labor is not typically considered a pleasant aspect of delivery, Brigitta was actually excited about this labor experience because she knew of a new technology available to expectant moms.

As a labor and delivery nurse at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC), Brigitta had been using a wireless monitor – called the Novii from GE Healthcare – on her patients for months.

The Novii is a small, reliable and accurate fetal heart rate monitor that does not require belts or cables. It allows patients to move more freely without being constrained to a specific area. Patients can even bathe or use a birthing ball – all while being closely monitored with a high level of accuracy.

“As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted the wireless monitor,” says Brigitta. “I was strapped to wired monitors when I gave birth to my first two children and the wireless monitor gave me a completely different experience.”

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted the wireless monitor. -Brigitta Fifield, labor and delivery nurse at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

With the Novii, Brigitta used the yoga ball, walked the halls with her husband, and easily moved around in the bed.

“It was so nice to be able to move more freely,” she adds. “When I was on the wired monitors, the nurses would have to come in and adjust the straps every time I wanted to change positions. It was extremely restrictive.”

Brigitta gave birth to a baby boy on May 19, 2018.

Photo Credit: Brigitta Fifield

EIRMC has been using the Novii monitor since January 2018. In fact, they are the only facility in southeastern Idaho to have it.

“Our patients absolutely love the freedom this monitor gives them,” says Brigitta’s colleague, Ressha Mitchell, who has been a labor and delivery nurse for 18 years. “They can walk around the room or even shower – instead of being trapped by the three-foot cords.”

Monitoring a patient’s vitals is essential – and when it comes to pregnant women, two patients are being monitored: the mother and baby.

Ressha recently cared for a patient, who was in labor for 48 hours. “We kept the monitor on her the entire time and never lost the baby’s signal. It was fantastic,” she adds.

The monitor is also frequently used with women who have a high body mass index (BMI). In such cases, it can be extremely difficult to achieve an adequate fetal heart rate tracing with traditional wired monitoring; however, the Novii is able to acquire reliable tracings on all types of patients.

It’s about time we came up with something like the Novii. – Ressha Mitchell, labor and delivery nurse at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

“I was recently watching a video of my mom from the 1960s when she was in the hospital about to deliver,” Ressha says. “She was wearing the same wired monitors we use today! It’s about time we came up with something like the Novii.”