Continuous ECG monitoring in hospital: part 1, indications

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Sampson, M (2018). Continuous ECG monitoring in hospital: part 1, indications. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 13 (2), pp. 80-85. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2018.13.2.80
AuthorsSampson, M
Abstract

Continuous monitoring of the electrocardiogram (ECG) is a common intervention in people admitted to hospital, especially when the cause of admission has a cardiovascular origin. Although widely considered a simple, routine procedure, ECG monitoring requires expert knowledge and sound clinical judgement for it to be used safely. Incorrect use of monitoring equipment can result in suboptimal care, and adverse patient outcomes, including death. Patient selection, correct set-up of equipment, and careful alarm management are all important in ensuring that monitoring is conducted safely. In this article, the first of two, the indications for monitoring are discussed and evaluated. For most patients, this will be arrhythmia monitoring; however, some will have an additional requirement for ischaemia or QT interval monitoring. The practical aspects of ECG monitoring will be addressed in the second article in this series.

KeywordsElectrocardiogram; ECG monitoring; Arrhythmia; QT interval; Ischaemia; 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology; 1110 Nursing; 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Journal citation13 (2), pp. 80-85
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
ISSN1749-6403
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2018.13.2.80
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Print21 Feb 2018
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Deposited21 Mar 2018
Accepted01 Jan 2018
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This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Cardiac Nursing , copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/10.12968/bjca.2018.13.2.80

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