Continuous ECG monitoring in hospital: part 2, practical issues

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Sampson, M (2018). Continuous ECG monitoring in hospital: part 2, practical issues. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 13 (3), pp. 128-134.
AuthorsSampson, M
Abstract

Continuous monitoring of the electrocardiogram (ECG) is a common intervention performed by cardiac nurses. In the first article of this two-part series, we evaluated the principal indications for ECG monitoring. These are the detection of arrhythmias, monitoring for myocardial ischaemia, and measurement of the QT interval. In this second article, the practical issues surrounding ECG monitoring are evaluated. The use of 3- and 5-electrode systems is discussed, and is related to ECG theory and normal coronary artery anatomy. Recommendations are made for lead selection, correct electrode placement, and the recording of 12-lead ECGs. The article concludes with a consideration of safe practice in respect of alarm management, and considers both individual and organisational approaches to reducing inappropriate alarms.

KeywordsECG monitoring; Arrhythmia; Myocardial ischaemia; QT interval; ECG lead; 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology; 1110 Nursing; 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Journal citation13 (3), pp. 128-134
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
ISSN1749-6403
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.12968/bjca.2018.13.3.128
Publication dates
Print27 Feb 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited05 May 2018
Accepted01 Feb 2018
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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