The decision whether to use monitor watchers is not a simple one. Although a majority of respondents in a recent survey indicated that their units employed monitor watchers, debate on their use continues. The AHA provides support through the establishment of practice guidelines for ECG monitoring. Regardless of the debate, the overall goal in any system--employing monitor watchers or not--is to obtain desired patient outcomes.
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M Hitchens; Telemetry: who's watching the monitor?. Crit Care Nurse 1 August 1992; 12 (6): 100–102. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn19184.108.40.206
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