Computer-Assisted Interventions to Improve QTc Documentation In Hospital Patients Receiving QT-Prolonging Drugs

Author(s): Kristin E. Sandau, RN, PhD, CNE, Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, CCNs, Linda Fletcher, MHI, Joel Frederickson, PhD, Barbara J. Drew, RN, PhD, and Marjorie Funk, RN, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2019

Topics: Cardiovascular, ECG

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Many medications commonly used in hospitals can cause prolonged corrected QT interval (QTc), putting patients at risk for torsade de pointes (TdP), a potentially fatal arrhythmia. However, documentation of QTc for hospitalized patients receiving QT-prolonging medications is often not consistent with American Heart Association standards.


  • Discuss advantages of automated decision support tools.
  • Describe the steps taken to improve documentation of QT intervals.
  • Discuss risk factors for torsade de pointes.

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