July 2005

Birthing Center at Central Kansas Medical Center Adds Centralized Fetal Monitoring

The Level II Birthing Center at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan., has added a centralized electronic fetal monitoring system that allows nurses and doctors to monitor mothers and babies from any location in the center. Before the installation of the new system, unborn babies could be monitored only within each individual delivery room. The system also links to the offices and homes of patients' doctors. When there is a change in patient condition, physicians can check the fetal status and, if needed, have an operating room ready by the time they get to the hospital.