Continuous ECG monitoring in hospital: part 1, indications
Sampson, M (2018). Continuous ECG monitoring in hospital: part 1, indications. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 13 (2), pp. 80-85.
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.
|Keywords||Electrocardiogram; ECG monitoring; Arrhythmia; QT interval; Ischaemia; 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology; 1110 Nursing; 1117 Public Health And Health Services|
|Journal||British Journal of Cardiac Nursing|
|Journal citation||13 (2), pp. 80-85|
|Publisher||Mark Allen Healthcare|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.12968/bjca.2018.13.2.80|
|21 Feb 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||21 Mar 2018|
|Accepted||01 Jan 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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