Electronic Fetal Monitoring
eFM is a comprehensive web-based resource developed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.
eFM will teach and assess learners in all aspects of intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring and is directed at both obstetricians and midwives in training as well as those who have completed their training. eFM is split into three sections:
A case study section which allows the learner to practise their skills at interpretation of an actual fetal heart rate recording, and the subsequent management in a virtual labour ward setting. The challenging nature of the content, including the interpretation of cardiotocographs and subsequent appropriate management, will provide learners with valuable knowledge that does not currently exist in other resources. This section is separated into 'Test' and 'Learning' case studies. Test case studies are to be worked through 1 trace hour at a time and will carry CPD points and certification. 'Learning' case studies have been designed with a 'freedom of movement' throughout the case study, enabling users to discuss and debate any point or trace hour, at any time. They will be designed to ignite discussion and will be a great addition to the classroom/lecture theatre as well as study groups. Learning case studies will not benefit from CPD points as there will be no scoring attached to these.
eFM currently has 24 case studies (2011, 2013) for reference purposes only now, with 10 new ones (2015) developed in accordance with the 2014 NICE guidelines. Three or more expert opinions have populated the clinical cases with their answers. Answers can now be collated and scored to give a final % score, to allow for CPD points (Test case studies only). Users are allowed as many attempts as they like to improve their score. Learning case studies have also been created to provide a foundation for debate and classroom discussion. These will not carry CPD points.
eFM would like to acknowledge and thank Huntleigh for their ongoing support with this project.