Device For Intrapartum Materno-fetal Care
Project Description :

Maternal and fetal care during labor is of utmost importance, lack of which is the major cause of neonatal and maternal mortality. partograph is a graphical record of important data measured during labor. the main parameters that are to be recorded in the partograph are many. but the ones that can be electronically measured and recorded are the number and duration of uterine contractions, fetal heart rate, maternal pulse rate and body temperature of the mother. a tocodynamometer is an existing medical device used to measure the frequency and duration of uterine contractions. a fetal heart rate monitor is a medical device used to monitor the heart rate of the fetus. both are used in hospitals to monitor the condition of a woman’s pregnancy. the uterine contractions and fetal heart rate parameters are to be regularly recorded during labor along with maternal pulse rate and body temperature and recorded on a partograph in order to monitor the heath of the mother and the fetus. but both of these suffer from usability issues. the devices used to measure them are expensive, bulky and also complex in its usage. so it might be confined to sophisticated hospitals. but on visiting two sophisticated hospitals, it was learnt that even though the devices were present they were used only on high risk patients due to lack of skilled nurses or mid-wives who could use them. this project involves the design of a wearable device which can continuously monitor uterine contractions, fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate and maternal body temperature during labor, display them continuously and alarm in the case of any abnormalities. the project succeeds in providing timely clinical intervention especially in places where the patient load is high. the device has been validated against existing devices and the accuracy being observed is satisfactory.

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Project Details :
  • Date : Nov 20,2015
  • Innovator : Vichal P M
  • Guide Name : Appaji M Abhishek
  • College : BMS College of Engineering
  • University : Visvesvaraya Technological University
  • Submission Year : 2016
  • Category : Biomedical Engineering
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