Reply To: Cardiac Monitoring

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    September 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    See below. 

    Mary Lynn Rae
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-05-2013 01:44 PM
    From: Amanda Ebbert
    Subject: Cardiac Monitoring


    I am the Pediatric Nurse Educatorat the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey PA. We moved into our brand new children’s hospital in February and are currently looking to move our unit to more of an IMC heme/onc unit. This will have our nurses doing cardiac monitoring which they currently do not do. I was wondering if anyone would be able to answer a few questions for us about how you run your unit and how you educate your staff.



    1.            How many beds are on your heme/onc unit? 24


    2.            What is your nurse to patient ratio? 2:1 for SCT and 3:1 for Hem/onc


    3.            What types of patients do you care for on the heme/onc unit? Are all of the patients on the heme/onc service or do you have other service lines as well? Hem/Onc/SCT & Rheumatology


    4.            Do your nurses perform cardiac monitoring for your patients? Yes


    5.            If yes, what types of patients get cardiac monitored and for what reasons? Based on patient assessment; SCT patients; drug regimens (i.e MoABs; IVIG; ATG).


    6.            What are the expectations of the nurses when they are cardiac monitoring? Are you willing to share your policy on cardiac monitoring? The monitors commiunicate with their phones so the policy is to respond to the alarms and asses the patient and monitor. 


    7.            What kind of training is done/required before nurses can perform cardiac monitoring? Everyone received training on the bedside monitor.  Rhythms are reviewed in PALS every 2 years. 


    8.            Do patients transfer off your unit and to an IMC/ICU? PICU if necessary based on patient status.


    9.            If yes, for what reasons are patients transferred (respiratory status, cardiac status etc.)?  Mostly respiratory.


    10.          What drips do you administer  to patients on the heme/onc unit? Dopamine (will keep on unit if pt. is stabe and drip is not being titrated. 


    11.          Do you have stem cell transplant patients on your unit? Yes

    12.          If yes, who administers the Stem Cells on your unit? APNs


    13.          What is the process for administering stem cells?  Cells delivered; RN spikes and primes 0.9 set; baseline vitals; pre meds; administration; frequent VS. 

    14.          What kind of training do you provide to nurses prior to deeming them competent to care for SCT patients? Would you be willing to share your nursing policies/education on caring for SCT patients and administering stem cells? APHON SCT class and Lurie SCT class for 20 total hours.  APHON SCT test; Lurie SCT test; precepted time with a SCT RN.

    Amanda Ebbert
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    United States