Quote from Bwick
I have two questions.
1. How often are the stips mounted for telemetry patients?
2. Do you use non-nurse monitor techs and do they monitor units where the nurses are not trained on telemetry? We currently do and feel it may be a questionable practice to have a non-nurse tell an RN what's going on with thier patient and the nurse needs to act on that info.
I am a Monitor Tech at the hospital that I work at and I am not a nurse (I am in nursing school, but I am the exception rather than the rule). We monitor most of the units in the hospital and the only units that really seem to have a problem wth it, are the ones that are the most acute (ie the ICU's). All of the nurses in the hospital are trained on tele, but many of the nurses that are not on the tele units, do not know what we are talking about when we call them. Usually its a good thing that we are watching the patients rather than the nurses on those units.
We mount strips every 8 hours- 7A, 3P, and 11P. Any changes to the rythym, if the patient is moved to another room, whatever, we mount another strip.
Although we are not nurses, we do have extensive training and orientation. We have a preceptor for about 3 months along with our tele classes.