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What is telemetry?

Telemetry allows the continuous monitoring of patients throughout their stay. Telemetry uses wireless technology to transmit ECG data from a portable recording device to a central control unit located in the nurse's station. This allows patients to move around the ward freely during monitoring, whilst also ensuring that dangerous cardiac arrhythmias can be detected early.

The Brandenburg Heart Center's Cardiology Ward is equipped with six portable telemetry devices, which allow patients to be monitored in real time. Although ambulatory ECGs can only be evaluated at a later date, they do have the advantage of working with several leads, which often makes the diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias easier.

When is this technology indicated?