Patient Safety Topics
:
Telemetry
Overview

 
 
 
 
 
Continuous  cardiac  monitoring, or telemetry, is a noninvasive method of closely monitoring a patient’s heart rate and rhythm in the healthcare setting. The heart rate and rhythm are displayed so that staff are able to watch the continuous flow of physiologic information on monitors. With alarm parameters established to notify staff of out-of-range values, exposure to large numbers of alarms over a period of time have created an environment ripe for alarm fatigue. Due to the high numbers of false and clinically irrelevant alarms, staff may find it difficult to differentiate the true and clinically relevant alarms which require immediate action.​​
Key Data and Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

Multimedia
 
 
 
 
 
Articles

 

Safety Tips for Patients

 

 

©2020 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority