SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Electrode Foetal Scalp

All Wales Contract: ECG Electrodes, Diathermy plates, Defib pads Sterility Status: Sterile. Usage Status: Single use.


Also known as a 'scalp clip'. A spring-loaded flexible tube with a scalpel electrode at one end and a rotary hub withelectrode wires protruding from the other. The scalp electrodesconsists of a hub with 1 or 2 pieces of curved, sharp-ended wire(i.e. single or dual spiral electrodes). Another design possesses asmall suction cup with a spike electrode in the centre. Connectors must be machine compatible.


Key areas where used

  • Labour wards

Method of use

For continuous foetal heart rate monitoring. Theelectrode is placed on the baby's scalp as soon as the head is exposedthrough the cervix at the first stages of labour. With the spiralelectrode, the rotating hub is turned when the electrode is inposition and the sharp wire at the proximal end rotates and passesinto the skin of the scalp. The wires at the end of the device areplaced into a leg plate and transducer which make contact with themother's skin. The signal is then fed through leads to acardiograph monitor.

Please note: This type of electrode tends to only be usedin special cases as a 'doppler' is usually sufficient to pick up thebaby's heartbeat through the mother's abdomen.


  • Individually packaged in a peel pouch

Sizes Required

  • 1 size only


Coding System Code Description
NSV FDK/744/221 Electrode Foetal Scalp twin wire type

Example products

The following table lists examples of products known to be acceptable for this product description.

Brand Name Product Code Manufacturer
Copeland fetal scalp electrode twin wire type (compatible with Philips and Avalon monitors) R57008-00-FE Rocket Medical PLC
Fetal spiral electrode (compatible with Philips and Legacy, Hewlett-Packard and Agilient monitors) 989803137631 Philips Medical


Revision Details

Editor Pete Phillips
Revision No 1.8
Revision date 2008/10/20

Please inform SMTL of any inaccuracies noted or changes requiredin this datacard.


This datacard has been prepared as an aid to contracting forpurchasers in the NHS in Wales, and shouldnot be used as a substitute for literature, instructions or training from the manufacturersof the devices.

Products mentioned in this datacard are for illustration purposes onlyand should not be seen as an endorsement of these products.

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