Foam Transducer Stabilizing Pads
For External Fetal Heart Monitoring
External fetal monitoring made better...with just a little Addition
Sometimes, it's the little things.
The-Addition is one of those little things, conceived with a lot of love, and the notion that external fetal monitoring could be a better experience for families and their care team.
Jennifer Krispi is an experienced labor and delivery nurse and childbirth educator. As a nurse, Jennifer understands the clinical importance of external fetal heart monitoring (EFM). She also realized that EFM could be performed so much more effectively if the transducers were better fitted to the patient.
After a long and challenging labor, The-Addition was born. Two little foam pads that can do so much for so little.
The-addition pads reduce adjustment time and is cost effective!
The leopold maneuver will allow the provider to feel the outline of the fetus. Knowing where the fetus is lying is important when placing the transducers on her belly. The-addition pads consist of two pads, just like the transducer. Each pad has its own advantages. The toco transducer is placed over the upper end of the uterus where the contractions are palpated or felt by the pregnant person. The-addition toco pad can be stacked on top of each other for the larger BMI. The ultrasound transducer is placed over the fetus back or chest and the Fetal Heart Tones (FHT) are recorded. This pad works great on the wireless transducers and is also effective in second-stage, or when the pregnant person is sitting up for an epidural.
Both pads endure water as well as leaving no residue when removed from transducers.
"I believe it is safe to say that the monitors are the number one complaint of laboring women. The-Addition is so simple, yet makes such a contribution. No more deep pressure marks on the belly, less monitor fiddling from the nurses, and more accurate strips leading to the most appropriate care. I encourage all OB nurses to start with The-Addition before women voice discomfort."
R.P., Midwife and Doula
Supporting Nursing Innovation.
Jennifer Krispi is a veteran Registered Nurse, certified in obstetrics. She has supported countless families through their labors for over three decades. She did not set out to be an "inventor," or a "CEO." But when Jennifer identified a problem, she decided to do something about it.
As nurses, we get the most face time with our patients of any provider. We know when something is not producing the outcomes we want for our patients, and we know when something could be done better. We also have the power to fix it.
Ask yourself this- is there something I would change in my practice if I could? Is there a product, a policy, or a procedure that might make my experience and that of my patient or their family just a little bit better?
We all benefit by supporting novel nurse innovations. If you have an idea, just remember: You've got this. If you need support, or have questions on how to innovate, contact us today.
As a seasoned Obstetrical RNC-OB, I have worked with the transducers of the EFM for over 35 years. The monitor itself has evolved from monitoring one fetus and uterine activity, to monitoring multiple fetuses, and uterine activity as well as the pregnant woman's blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygenation and more. The transducers that are actually touching the pregnant belly have not evolved. Two, hard, flat, rigid discs applied to the round soft smooth belly. Knowing how the transducers function, I knew I needed to provide a better experience for the obstetrical patient, and that's how The-addition was BORN!