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A USER INTERFACE FOR ANNOTATING MEDICAL INFORMATION ON A FETAL MONITOR STRIP CHART

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109652D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 5 page(s) / 1M

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Abstract

In an embodiment, a user interface for annotating medical information on a fetal monitoring strip chart includes an annotation button to allow the clinicians to access the annotation function. When pressed, the annotation entry screen is presented in a predetermined format. The annotation entry screen is divided into the fixed text buttons and the message entry window. The fixed text buttons are arranged into six clinical groupings. This puts related functions together on the screen.

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A USER INTERFACE FOR ANNOTATING MEDICAL INFORMATION ON A FETAL MONITOR STRIP CHART

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001]               This invention relates generally to systems for handling medical information, and more particularly to, a user interface for annotating medical information on a fetal monitor strip chart.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002]                During the course of a delivery, clinicians use a fetal monitor to provide information regarding the well being of the baby.  This device produces a strip chart documenting the trend of the fetal heart rate (FHR) and maternal uterine activity (UA).  Clinicians also document on the strip chart additional information that may be highly pertinent in interpreting the graphs of FHR and UA.  For example, it may be extremely important to know whether the mother has changed positions, whether medication is being administered, the oxygen, intravenous or oxytocin rates being administered to the mother, or the material pulse, respiration, blood pressure or other vital signs.

[0003]                 Conventional fetal monitors requires such pertinent information to be jotted down by a nurse on the strip chart by hand while the strip chart is moving due to advancement of the chart by the recorder.   Consequently, the pertinent information becomes, at times, illegible.  Furthermore, by being forced to record the pertinent information by hand, the doctor or nurse has to walk over to the recorder and away from the mother which could be extremely inconvenient, if not possible, because of the physical location of the recorder and/or condition of the mother.

[0004]                In the recent days, methods and apparatuses were designed to allow clinicians to annotate the strip chart electronically.  Known devices allow doctors and nurses to have their clinical information printed electronically on the fetal monitor strip chart.  The devices provide improvement over the manual methods by ensuring that annotations are presented legibly.  However, these annotating methods require the monitor to be connected to an external data entry device. 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0005]               FIG. 1 shows an embodiment of a local bed screen. 

[0006]               FIG. 2 shows an embodiment of an annotation entry screen according to one embodiment of this invention.  

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0007]                Various embodiments of this invention provide a user interface for annotating medical information on a fetal monitor strip chart.  More part...