An Unusual Cause of Electrocardiographic Artefact: A Patientís Warming Blanket [Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim]
Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2018; 46(2): 161-163 | DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2018.40325  

An Unusual Cause of Electrocardiographic Artefact: A Patientís Warming Blanket

Gaurav Misra, Sanjay Dhiraaj, Aditya Kapoor, Puneet Goyal
Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute Of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

In electrocardiography, an electrocardiographic (ECG) artefact is used to indicate a misleading or confusing alteration in data or observation not arising from the heart. Although technological advancements have produced monitors that may provide accurate data and reliable heart rate alarms, interferences of the displayed electrocardiogram such as (but not limited to) electrical interference by outside sources, electrical noise from elsewhere in the body, poor contact and machine malfunction continue to occur. Artefacts are extremely common, and knowledge regarding them is necessary to prevent misinterpretation of a heartís rhythm, which can often lead to unnecessary and unwarranted diagnostic and interventional procedures. Here we report a case of ECG artefacts that occur owing to a patientís warming blanket and its consequences.

Keywords: ECG artefact, patient warming blanket, mobile messaging apps


Gaurav Misra, Sanjay Dhiraaj, Aditya Kapoor, Puneet Goyal. An Unusual Cause of Electrocardiographic Artefact: A Patientís Warming Blanket. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2018; 46(2): 161-163

Corresponding Author: Sanjay Dhiraaj, India


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