Antenatal Computerised CTG: Principles and Physiology

Cardiotocography (CTG) is the long established method of electronically recording the fetal heart rate (FHR) charted in relation to uterine contractions. It is traditionally interpreted by visual assessment, but this has been shown to be unreliable. By contrast, the Huntleigh system is objective and reproducible and correlates well with outcome. This micro skills course demonstrates the underlying principles and its use in practice.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Recognise how computer analysis of the antepartum CTG differs from that obtained by visual assessment in terms of reproducibility, calibration and minimisation of CTG duration
  3. Describe the analysis, including the features of normality that are reported as €˜criteria met€™
  4. Describe the fetal sleep/wake cycle and how this determines the length of time needed for the CTG trace
  5. State the pathologies which computerised CTG can identify
  6. Recognise the limitations of antenatal CTG monitoring including computerised CTGs
  7. This session uses self assessments that help you check what you have learnt.

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  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
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  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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