One of the largest hospitals in The Netherlands, the Isala Hospital in Zwolle, has converted all their fetal monitors to Stan in their maternity ward. During the last three years Isala Hospital went from a few Stan monitors to a total of eighteen.
With 5300 employees and 1000 beds the Isala hospitals in Zwolle is one of the largest clinical top hospitals in the region. The mission of the hospital is quality, attention and a personal relationship with the patient. The hospital has around 3300 deliveries per year in the nine delivery rooms.
Dr. Mantel, the Head of Obstetrics, tells us that it is seldom that the clinic refers patients to an academic centre. The Isala hospitals have both a second-line and a third-line obstetric function with nine beds for high risk care and facilities for advanced ultrasound and prenatal diagnostics.
“We have nine delivery rooms and our aim is to perform intrapartum monitoring in a standardised way. This is the reason why choosing Stan for all our rooms.”
The Isala Hospital recently made an additional purchase of Stan monitors. They now have eighteen Stan-units and as of today nine of them are with ST Analysis. Dr. Mantel explains that CTG only is not an option, it is not sufficient as monitoring method. There is always a need for a complementary method, and the choice stand between fetal blood sampling and ST Analysis.
“Fetal blood sampling is both technically difficult and a patient unfriendly procedure, while ST Analysis is both reliable and a patient friendly method for intrapartum fetal monitoring.”
Dr. Mantel believes that Stan will show to be cost effective in the long run, when the cost for fetal blood sampling will be saved. But this is not the reason for the purchase of the Stan monitors.
“It’s all about patient friendliness. This is the most important factor in the practice of obstetrics today.”
Dr. Mantel, Mr. Wansing, Dr. Dijkstra, Mr. Fransen, Mrs. Voortman and a Stan monitor at Isala Hopsital.