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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

A brief analysis of telemetry–related events.

Kukielka E, Gipson KR, Jones R. A brief analysis of telemetry–related events. Patient Safety. 2019;1(2):9. doi:10.33940/biomed/2019.12.4.

Reliable telemetry monitoring reduces the potential for rare yet catastrophic patient harm. Drawing from 4 years of data submitted to the Patient Safety Authority reporting system, this article documents factors involved in errors related to the use of telemetry which include battery problems, improper alarm use and communication issues. It highlights training and development of procedures and protocols that align with the practice environment as strategies for improvement.