Frequently Asked Questions2018-04-11T04:47:36+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

LaborView is an intuitive and easy device to set up and use, however, you may have some questions. See the most common below, and feel free to contact us or call us at 844.220.8097 should you have any other questions or to schedule a free demonstration at your hospital.

What are the advantages of using LaborView?2018-03-14T01:51:13+00:00

LaborView lets your staff “Nurse the Mom, Not the Monitor”. LaborView is more accurate and convenient than traditional external methods for measuring FHR and UA and it can also be used reliably in patients with high BMIs¹.

  • Set it and forget it – Simply set the array once and it stays connected, even during epidural placement or when mothers and babies move
  • One system, accross a wide range of BMI classifications¹  Monitors fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate, and uterine activity
  • More sensitive than Toco and more accurate than ultrasound – Reliably detects FHR, MHR, and UA and it is easier to interpret than ultrasound – at times possibly avoiding the need for IUPC and/or FSE
  • Compatible  – Connects to existing central monitoring systems and the most widely used hospital bedside monitors
  • Cost effective – Wireless monitoring without the need of upgrades minimizes the cost of adoption
LaborView’s innovative technology offers state-of-the-art signal capture and digital signal processing, is simple to set up, and provides safe, continuous monitoring without impeding the mom’s mobility during labor.
How effective is LaborView in patients with high BMI?2018-03-14T01:57:30+00:00

LaborView is more accurate and easier to interpret than ultrasound in difficult-to-monitor high BMI patients.  Additionally, LaborView is more sensitive, more reliable detecting contractions, and facilitates easier and more reliable interpretation of uterine activity versus Toco; particularly in the high BMI classifications.¹

What do you mean by “Nurse the Mom, Not the Monitor”?2018-03-09T02:44:21+00:00

LaborView puts the nurses’ focus back on patient care. Nurses no longer need to worry about repositioning tocos and making frequent, time consuming (and attention dividing) adjustments every time mom moves. LaborView is designed to stay in place for at least 24 hours, even when mothers and babies move and during epidural placement.

With LaborView:

  • Just set the array once

  • Sensors stay connected and in place

  • No more chasing the fetal heart rate

  • Lets mom move around to facilitate the delivery2 and increase patient satisfaction

What do the moms have to say?2018-03-10T05:10:08+00:00

Moms like the light weight and comfort of LaborView. With no belts to reposition or cables to disconnect LaborView makes ambulation easier which may facilitate deliveryand improve patient satisfaction.

Many moms prefer not to go back to the tight belts and mobility restricting cables of standard monitoring once they are monitored with LaborView.

 

 

How accurate is LaborView?2018-03-14T02:01:28+00:00

LaborView is both accurate and easy to interpret including when used in patients with higher BMI, even up to class III obesityˡ.

Will LaborView work with my current monitors?2018-03-14T02:18:01+00:00

Yes, LaborView is compatible with the most commonly used Philips Avalon and GE Corometrics fetal monitors. Data is captured by LaborView and transmitted to your existing bedside fetal monitor and displayed as usual.

GE Corometrics is a registered trademark of GE Healthcare.  Philips Avalon is a registered trademark of Philips Healthcare.

 

Can we move LaborView from room to room?2018-03-05T23:07:08+00:00

Yes, many facilities move their LaborView systems from one L&D room to another as needed.

Will LaborView work with my current Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system?2018-03-14T02:12:10+00:00

Yes, data is captured by LaborView and transmitted through your existing bedside fetal monitor to the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. LaborView data will be displayed as usual on EMR systems like Obix Perinatal Data System and FetaLink.

OBIX Perinatal Data System is a registered trademark of Clinical Computer Systems, Inc. – FetaLink is a registered trademark of Cerner Corp.
How does LaborView work?2018-03-10T02:05:34+00:00

LaborView Wireless Electrode System is a transabdominal electromyography and electrocardiography intrapartum maternal-fetal sensor. It works non-invasively via surface electrodes on the maternal abdomen with existing bedside monitors to measure fetal heart rate (FHR), uterine activity (UA), and maternal heart rate (MHR).

Could we use LaborView on every patient?2018-03-14T02:22:31+00:00

LaborView is indicated for use on laboring mothers with greater than 36 completed weeks (term), singleton pregnancies in a clinical setting. LaborView is reliable, accurate and easy to interpret for most moms, but may have added value and particular clinical relevance when used to monitor higher BMI “fluffier” moms.¹

For complete information regarding the use of LaborView please refer to the User Manual.

 

What patients will it work for?2018-03-05T23:05:04+00:00

LaborView clinical trials included mothers across a wide range of BMI classifications but it may have added value and particular clinical relevance when used to monitor higher BMI “fluffier” moms.¹

LaborView is indicated for use on laboring mothers with greater than 36 completed weeks (term), singleton pregnancies in a clinical setting.

For complete information regarding the use of LaborView please refer to the User Manual.

Is LaborView cleared for use in a clinical setting by the FDA?2018-03-09T23:21:38+00:00

LaborView was cleared by the FDA in January of 2015.  It is indicated for use in a clinical setting, for singleton pregnancies, greater than 36 completed weeks (term) and in labor. For complete information regarding the use of LaborView please refer to the User Manual.

 

How long does the charge on the transmitter battery last?2018-07-24T12:10:43+00:00

The battery is rated for 10-12 hours after a full charge. LaborView systems come with two transmitters so that one can be charging while the other is in use. Transmitter batteries take about 2 hours to fully charge. When your LaborView systems are not in use we recommend to keep them connected to a power outlet with both transmitters in the docking station so that they are ready for subsequent use.  Over time battery life may decrease to about 8 hours.

How do we know when LaborView is working?2018-03-12T03:43:45+00:00

You will be able to view and print monitoring data as usual since LaborView connects to your existing monitoring systems.

During set up and use LaborView provides an easy to understand set of confirmation lights on the base station face plate and transmitter so you will know when an electrode is providing poor data or not connected.

 

What data does LaborView capture?2018-01-19T02:45:46+00:00

Maternal Heart Rate, Fetal Heart Rate and Uterine contraction data, all displayed on your fetal monitors and central monitoring screens.

How long can the LaborView Electrode Array be worn?2018-07-24T12:08:27+00:00

During the Clinical Performance Trials the LaborView Electrode Array remained in place even when mothers and babies moved and during epidural placement. Nurses did not reposition the electrodes after initial placement.  No limitation has been established for the length of time a patient may wear a single LaborView disposable array.

Are the electrodes easy to apply?2018-03-05T23:39:31+00:00

Yes, we provide a template that assures consistent placement from patient to patient and most nurses find the application template easy and intuitive.

Please view the Electrode Array Application video in the Training section of this website.

Can LaborView be left on during epidural placement?2018-03-10T04:06:55+00:00

Yes. The LaborView Electrode Array remained in place for a minimum of 24 hours during the FDA clinical performance studies. Even when mothers and babies moved and during epidural placement the nurses did not reposition the LaborView arrays.¹

How much does the LaborView transmitter weigh?2018-07-23T15:21:48+00:00

About 8 ounces, so it is very light in comparison to telemetry, ultrasound transducers or Toco belts.

 

Does LaborView replace IUPC and FSE?2018-01-19T02:45:34+00:00

No, LaborView is an external monitor, so always use your best judgement as to when to move toward internal monitors.

How far does LaborView transmit?2018-03-10T04:13:34+00:00

LaborView uses Bluetooth Class I which is rated for over 100 feet line of sight. However, your hospital’s results may vary.

What are the FDA indications?2018-03-05T23:41:58+00:00

 

INDICATIONS FOR USE: The LaborView Wireless Electrode System is a transabdominal electromyography and electrocardiography intrapartum maternal-fetal sensor. It works non-invasively via surface electrodes on the maternal abdomen with appropriate monitors to measure fetal heart rate (FHR), uterine activity (UA), and maternal heart rate (MHR). It is indicated for use on women who are at more than 36 completed weeks, in labor, with singleton pregnancies. It is intended for use by a healthcare professional in a clinical setting. LaborView is not for home use.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: LaborView is contraindicated for use in preterm gestation (less than 36 completed weeks). LaborView may display deflections from baseline that do not represent uterine contractions. These deflections from baseline may represent electrical activity in the myometrium that is not sufficiently organized to cause the uterine smooth muscle to contract. In the context of a preterm pregnancy, clinical misinterpretation of the uterine tracing may lead to unnecessary intervention, such as tocolysis, diagnostic procedures, and/or preterm delivery.

What is the warranty?2018-03-05T22:36:42+00:00

One year parts and labor.  Annual warranties are available to cover years 2 and beyond.

How does LaborView send the signal from the mom to the monitor?2018-03-06T23:35:48+00:00

LaborView uses Class I Bluetooth technology to send the signal from the electrode/transmitter assembly to the base station attached to your fetal monitor.

Can moms take a shower while wearing LaborView? 2018-03-12T03:54:17+00:00
The LaborView transmitter is water resistant but not waterproof. While splashing or casual spills of liquids may not damage the transmitter; it should not be submerged under water or worn while showering.
What about software updates?2018-07-24T12:13:03+00:00

LaborView software updates are either performed by our field personnel or your biomed staff. Software upgrades are free of charge.