Triggeringartefacts with IABP

  1. While washing the patient with IABP, a lot lot of artefacts occur that mimmic the R-wave . So triggering will be inappropriate and could harm the patient. I feel that one should put IABP in standby modus for a few minutes with no (or lesser) risk for the patient. Dear collaegues, what is your opinion and /or solution for this "minor" problem?
    PS: in our CCU (Louvain, Belgium) we use the Datascoop 98 console.
    Thanks in advance for your answers. Rudi
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    Joined: Aug '98; Posts: 5
    CCU nurse since 1979, over 10 years night shift


  3. by   mattcastens
    Can't say I've ever had this problem with all the IABPs that I've worked with (also Datascope). Perhaps there is a problem with the ECG wires that is making them oversensitive?

    As for placing the pump on standby, I would rather change the interval to 1:2 or 1:3 so that the patient can still benefit from some action.