ST-Segment and QTc Monitoring: Implementing Evidenced-Based Practice
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Discuss the rationale for ST segment monitoring of patients with acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes.
- Discuss the rationale for QTc monitoring including specific patient situations.
- Discuss strategies to implement continuous ST-segment and QTc monitoring.
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Continuous electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring is considered to be a standard of practice in critical care. Monitoring practices, have varied widely for many years, particularly when it involves monitoring the ST-segment and the QT interval. Studies show that many healthcare professionals do not use continuous ST-segment monitoring. In addition, many do not believe monitoring the QT interval is important. A recent “Scientific Statement” from the American Heart Association clearly demonstrates the high incidence of torsades de pointes in hospital settings, making the case for monitoring the QTc in specific situations. The “Practice Standards for ECG Monitoring in Hospital Settings” provide clear direction and recommendations related to monitoring ST segments and QTc intervals, which is re
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