Differences in Alarm Events between Disposable and Reusable Electrocardiography Lead Wires

Author(s): Nancy M. Albert, RN, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, Terri Murray, RN, MSN, James F. Bena, MS, Ellen Slifcak, RN, BA, Joel D. Roach, BA, Jackie Spence, RN, MSN, and Alicia Burkle, EMT-P

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jan 01, 2018

Topics: ECG, Patient Safety

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Disposable electrocardiographic lead wires (ECG-LWs) may not be as durable as reusable ones.


  • Compare and contrast the use of disposable and reusable electrocardiographic (ECG) lead wires (LW) and their effect on alarm events.
  • Describe effects of false ECG alarms on the patient and caregivers.
  • Identify additional research needed to further explore the effects of ECG alarm management.

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