The hospital that I currently work at requires a MD order every time a RN requests an ECG (usually for chest pain or arrhythmia found on a 5-lead). I’d like to change that. I’m wondering what are the experiences of nurses at other hospitals. Do your 12-lead ECGs require an MD order? Do you have a standing PRN order for ECGs? Nurse protocol order for ECGs? I’m gathering evidence so if you would be so kind, please let me know what your requirements are for an ECG and which hospital.
I work on a cardiology floor. Nurses working can order a stat ecg on their patient if its warranted. Usually unrelieved chest pain. We never get any complaints.
Give staff more info to tell the md….if there is changes in their ecg.