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Using QRS Morphology and QTc Interval to Prevent Complications and Cardiac Death.
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PMID:  21670624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Prevention of cardiac complications including death is influenced by the availability of diagnostic tools and technological advances. Cardiac telemetry as a diagnostic tool is widely used in hospitals because of an increased severity of illness and complex modality of treatments. QTc interval abnormalities in the electrocardiogram have been long recognized as a predictive precursor for life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. QRS morphology has also been recognized as a reliable marker to prevent cardiac events in outpatient settings. However, the QTc and QRS morphology as electrocardiogram predictors are not routinely assessed in daily practice for hospitalized patients because of the slow advancement of technology in bedside monitoring systems and inadequate staff preparation. This article discusses the role of QRS morphology and QTc interval assessment in predicting risk of complications. The article also explores the need for further research and advancement in technology to overcome barriers to integrating these predictors into routine nursing practice.
Mina Attin; Judy E Davidson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care nursing quarterly     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1550-5111     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Nurs Q     Publication Date:    2011 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704517     Medline TA:  Crit Care Nurs Q     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  246-53     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing at San Diego State University (Dr Attin) and Advanced Practice Nursing and Research, Scripps Mercy Hospital (Ms Davidson), San Diego, California.
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