Don't Break Her Heart: Cardiac Telemetry for the Pregnant and Postpartum Patient
Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013
© 2013 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2013 Convention Proceedings
Volume 42, Issue s1, page S3, June 2013
How to Cite
Mahoney, K., Boyle, C. J., Gregory, S. and Flores-Icarangal, J. (2013), Don't Break Her Heart: Cardiac Telemetry for the Pregnant and Postpartum Patient. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42: S3. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12049
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013
- cardiac disease
Purpose for the Program
When pregnant or postpartum patients are in need of telemetry monitoring, they often are separated from their newborns, or require the use of two nurses to attend to them because the units for perinatal services do not have telemetry access. As more patients with preexisting diseases become pregnant, this situation will only become more frequent.
This nurse-driven change involves the use of remote telemetry to monitor the obstetric patient. Communication standards and co-nursing management plans were developed to enable this change.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
Policy and procedures were developed based on a shared governance model of care. Outcomes have resulted in maintaining the postpartum mother–baby dyad and accomplishing remote telemetry for cardiac assessment.
Implications for Nursing Practice
This program allows for seamless maternal–newborn care. In addition, staff are engaged in collegial relationships and co-management situations that were not available to them in the past.