Fetal monitoring was identified by the Each Baby Counts reviewers in 409 babies as a critical contributory factor where improvement in care may have prevented the outcome.
This represents 74% of the babies for whom there was sufficient information to classify the care provided and one or more reviewer indicated that different care might have made a difference to the outcome.
To identify potential avenues for improvement, the babies were divided into either of two categories – intermittent auscultation or continuous cardiotocography (CTG) – depending upon the contributory factors identified by the reviewers. There was a small proportion of babies for whom both intermittent auscultation and continuous CTG were regarded as contributory factors. They were not examined separately as it was felt the same themes would emerge from this mixed group.