Foam Transducer Stabilizing Pads
For External Fetal Heart Monitoring
Monitoring made better... with just a little Addition
"It is not how much we do - it is how much love we put into the doing." -- Mother Teresa
Sometimes, it's the little things.
The-Addition is one of those little things, conceived with a lot of love, and the notion that the birth experience could be better 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.
The "non-stress" test is already one of the most stressful tests for a pregnant patient, so why not figure out how we can get better tracings in a way that is simple, safe, timely, cost-effective, and allows the pregnant patient and their nurse to get through this experience as comfortable as possible?
After a long and challenging labor, The-Addition was born. Two little foam pads that can do so much for so little. When attached to the transducers, early testing has found that EFM tracings are improved.
Patients that were previously difficult to monitor due to obesity, premature labor, or multiples were now producing high quality tracings with reduced artifact and significantly less need for the nurse to readjust the transducers or bands... if at all.
Why use The-Addition?
What is The-Addition?
The-Addition is a FDA-approved product intended to improve the EFM experience for pregnant patients and the nurses that care for them by stabilizing the transducers. The product consists of a set of two small foam pads- an "O" shaped ring, and a smaller circle for the toco transducer. The foam has a water-resistant adhesive backing that allows the pads to be applied to the transducers. Both adhesive and foam have undergone rigorous testing for safety and efficacy, and both are hypoallergenic.
Two pieces of foam, with adhesive backing. That's it.
What makes it special?
Invented by a registered nurse
Used on over 16,000 patients safely
Non-invasive & hypoallergenic
No adverse reactions reported
Increased reports of improved tracings
Safe and comfortable
Cost-efficient for both clinics & hospitals
Requires less ultrasonic gel
Easy to apply without costly training
Can be used in complex patients who are obese, experiencing pre-term labor, or expecting multiples
Allows nurses to spend time focusing on care, NOT adjusting
"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
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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.