This is a discussion on ECG for patients with tremors in Cardiac Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... Can someone please give me some advice? I had a patient today who had tremors, similar to...
Dec 23, '10
Can someone please give me some advice? I had a patient today who had tremors, similar to Parkinson's. When the tech was trying to get the ECG there was a lot of artifact. I had been told by another ECG tech that in cases like this, it was ok to gently hold the patient's affected limbs- not applying a lot of pressure, but just gently pressing, as this might help control the tremors. He also gave me the tip that it is sometimes helpful for the patient to put their forearms behind their back and lay back on them (assuming arm leads were placed up by the shoulders). When I suggested this to the tech and nurse today, they told me that you should never touch the patient at all- as touching them in any way would throw off the result. However, as soon as I gently pressed on the patient's legs, the tremors stopped and the ECG was perfect- no artifact at all. Can anyone tell me if touching the patient affects the ECG? Many thanks in advance for the insight.
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