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Telemetry Overuse Cost Health System $4.8 Million in One Year
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Analysis of one large healthcare system’s care practices has found that 70% or more of non-ICU, non-cardiac patients were tethered to telemetry monitors even though they didn’t have conditions requiring it. “The wires get tangled all the time, people trip over them, and in elderly patients their center of balance is disturbed by the box, [onto] which they roll over in their sleep and endure a big metal thing crushing their chest,” says Andrew Doorey, MD, a cardiologist at Christiana Care Health System, in Newark, DE.