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Less Is More
May 2015

Educating Residents Why Less Is More With Telemetry

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(5):864-865. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0234

To the Editor Few interventions have demonstrated a sustained effect on reducing telemetry use. Dressler et al1 have shown that by limiting the appropriate options for telemetry through their electronic ordering system, the daily number of patients monitored on telemetry was reduced by 70%. It is unclear from their report if education accompanied their intervention. As a resident-led quality-improvement project, we designed and implemented a resident education program for 4 medical teams at a 698-bed tertiary care center over a 4-month period between February 2013 and March 2014.

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