[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
December 15, 1978

Adhesive Straps in Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Author Affiliations

Akron General Medical Center Akron, Ohio

JAMA. 1978;240(25):2731. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290250035007

To the Editor.—  Among the denunciations issuing from the innumerable antiobstetric lay manifestos, one of the most reviled practices is electronic fetal monitoring.1-3 While we find their objections generally capricious and illogical, we have noted some disrelish for electronic fetal monitoring among our patients because of discomfort from the elastic belts used for external transducer placement.In an effort to minimize this discomfort, we have substituted adhesive (Montgomery) straps for the encircling elastic belts. Strips of gauze affix the transducer to the Montgomery straps and can be adjusted to regulate transducer tension. These straps are easily applied and are available everywhere.While this modification in no way simulates the sybaritic environment desired by the opponents of electronic fetal monitoring, it maximizes patient comfort and mobility without compromising communication with the fetus. It has become much preferred by our patients to the cumbersome standard elastic belts.