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GE’s Wireless Telemetry Provides a Mobile Option for Laboring Mothers

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GE’s Mini Telemetry System

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Expectant mothers may be getting more freedom – in the form of a wireless telemetry unit from GE Healthcare that meets the growing demand for mobility during labor.

Most mothers in the US are familiar with maternal-fetal monitoring – they’ve experienced the traditional monitoring strap that circles the mother-to-be to ensure continuous monitoring of both the maternal and fetal heartbeat prior to and during labor. While monitoring provides the assurance and comfort of knowing mother and baby’s ongoing state, traditional monitoring can be limiting and inconvenient for one major reason, the mother-to-be is confined to the bed.

Expectant mothers may be getting more freedom – in the form of a wireless telemetry unit from GE Healthcare that meets the growing demand for mobility during labor. A number of trends have converged to make ambulatory monitoring of mother and baby increasingly attractive, including the emergence of alternative labor-and-delivery tools and environments such as birthing balls and laboring in water.

This evolution has contributed to the need for wireless monitoring that offers both high-performance and cost-efficiency. GE’s Mini Telemetry is completely compatible with GE’s existing Corometrics [*] [1] monitors and transducers, as it uses the same transducers whether the patient is in bed or mobile. The system can also be used when transporting mothers to other departments inside the hospital with its exceptional signal quality with a line of sight [2] antenna range of 1640 feet.

“Childbirth is obviously a special time in a woman’s life,” said Carrie Eglinton Manner, Maternal Infant Care General Manager for GE Healthcare. “And we share our customers’ desire to make it one of the most wonderful experiences their patients will ever have. For more and more mothers-to-be, that means the freedom to potentially enhance their experience with new options, like walking around or laboring in water, while still having the confidence of continuous monitoring.”

[*] GE, GE Monogram and Corometrics are trademarks of General Electric Company
[1] GE’s Mini Telemetry System is fully compatible with the with Corometrics 170, 250 series and 120, which are currently available
[2] 1640 feet line of sight is an engineering specification, results in a clinical setting will vary