AACN updates cardiac monitoring guidance

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has issued an update to its Practice Alerts related to cardiac monitoring.

One such guidance, "Accurate Dysrhythmia Monitoring in Adults," includes step-by-step instructions on identifying dysrhythmia and interpreting results. Examples of such instructions include:

  • Place two leads whenever available to help with accurate rhythm interpretation
  • Change electrodes daily
  • Document onset and termination of the dysrhythmia

The Practice Alert also includes dysrhythmia monitoring-related recommendations for hospital administrators.

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Additionally, AACN released a separate Practice Alert titled "Ensuring Accurate ST-Segment Monitoring" specifically for nurses caring for hospitalized patients with acute coronary syndrome, coronary disease or cardiac risk factors.

Access these and other AACN Practice Alerts here.

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