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J Nurs Care Qual. 2013 Jul-Sep;28(3):265-71. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827993bc.

Daily electrode change and effect on cardiac monitor alarms: an evidence-based practice approach.

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA. mcvach@jhmi.edu

Abstract

Frequent monitor alarms are distracting and interfere with clinicians performing critical tasks. This article describes a quality improvement rapid-cycle change approach to explore the benefits of changing electrodes daily on the number of cardiac monitor alarms. Eight days of baseline and intervention data were compared for 2 adult acute care units. Average alarms per bed per day were reduced by 46% on both units. Daily electrocardiogram electrode change reduces the number of cardiac monitor alarms.

PMID:
23187092
DOI:
10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827993bc
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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