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Can someone explain telemetry monitoring? What is a telemetry floor? My mother was a cardiac patient with a pacemaker and type 2 diabetic with an abnormal EKG and elevated cardiac enzymes. She was found unresponsive and cold and had suffered a m.I.. She a

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Dr. Steven Guyton
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Her abnormal ekg and elevated enzymes indicate that she probably came into the hospital with an mi.
Anoxic encephalopathy can occur as quickly as 2 - 4 minutes, or potentially even less depending on her condition prior to the arrest. A telemetry floor is where patients are placed so that their heart rhythm can be monitored continuously, either by the nurses on the floor or a specially trained technician. A telemetry box, attached to ekg leads on the patient, transmits the rhythm strip wirelessly to a central monitoring station. Training in interpretation of ekg's is usual for nurses on such a floor. On a telemetry floor response to an arrest will be much quicker than in a situation where the heart rhythm is not monitored. Arrests can still happen, though, since the heart rhythm may continue for a while after a patient stops breathing or even, insome instances after the heart stops pumping blood.

In brief: Her

Her abnormal ekg and elevated enzymes indicate that she probably came into the hospital with an mi.
Anoxic encephalopathy can occur as quickly as 2 - 4 minutes, or potentially even less depending on her condition prior to the arrest. A telemetry floor is where patients are placed so that their heart rhythm can be monitored continuously, either by the nurses on the floor or a specially trained technician. A telemetry box, attached to ekg leads on the patient, transmits the rhythm strip wirelessly to a central monitoring station. Training in interpretation of ekg's is usual for nurses on such a floor. On a telemetry floor response to an arrest will be much quicker than in a situation where the heart rhythm is not monitored. Arrests can still happen, though, since the heart rhythm may continue for a while after a patient stops breathing or even, insome instances after the heart stops pumping blood.
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