An artifact in the electrocardiogram (ECG) can result in one or more complications to the patient.



(1) unable to get an accurate reading of the ECG, with failure to detect a significant change

(2) distraction of healthcare providers

(3) waste of time and resources

(4) discontinuation, cancellation or delay of a necessary procedure


False alarm:

(1) unnecessary tests

(2) unwarranted admission to ICU

(3) unnecessary cardiology consult

(4) unnecessary concern by the patient and family


Unncecessary therapy:

(1) unnecessary drug therapy for a pseudo-arrhythmia

(2) unnecessary administration of a fluid bolus

(3) unnecessary resuscitation, electroshock or cardioversion

(4) unnecessary removal of a catheter or device


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