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Measurement of neonatal heart rate using handheld Doppler ultrasound
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    Re: Handheld Doppler use for measuring newborn HR has been described in the literature
    • Amanda Dyson, Dr
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      • Michele Jeffrey and Martin Kluckow

    We thank Dr Hutchon for his interest in our article and acknowledge his contribution to developing this technique of measuring heart rate rapidly and efficiently in newborns. We were particularly interested to hear of his experience with a Doppler that displays an averaged heart rate. We can see that having a displayed rather than counted Doppler heart rate would be highly practical in the delivery room providing that...

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    Handheld Doppler use for measuring newborn HR has been described in the literature

    We read this article with considerable interest as it confirms that Precordial Doppler Ultrasound (PDU) can detect the neonatal heart rate within seconds of birth, much earlier than is possible with oximetry and much more reliably than with auscultation. As the authors state "Handheld Doppler use for measuring newborn HR has been described in the literature" (by Goenka et al and by Hutchon) "but needs further investigat...

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