Introduction (Con't) - Cardiac Monitoring.
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Part 4 (Cont)
Treat the patient, not the monitor.
Loose, or dried out sensors (electrodes) or broken cables may cause a tracing to appear much the same as one of these life-threatening dysrhythmias.
What appears to be Ventricular Tachycardia might occur because the patient is brushing their teeth. This is referred to as "toothbrush tachycardia".
- This is caused by the repetitive body movement when brushing your teeth.
- This is not an actual cardiac event.
- Remember if you have an unresponsive patient, call a "code blue" (follow your facility's protocol) and begin emergency procedures.
A variety of manufacturers offer a wide variety of cardiac monitors. A majority will have three or five cables. We will focus on the most common type today, the three-cable device.
Authors and ReviewersAuthored by Thomas O'Brien
Medically reviewed by Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD, Cardiology
Last Update: 11/8/2020