Exploring decision making 'noise' when interpreting the electrocardiogram in the context of cardiac cath lab activation

Aaron Peace, Salah Al-Zaiti, D Finlay, V. E. McGilligan, RR Bond

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Abstract

In this commentary paper, we discuss the use of the electrocardiogram to help clinicians make diagnostic and patient referral decisions in acute care settings. The paper discusses the factors that are likely to contribute to the variability and noise in the clinical decision making process for catheterization lab activation. These factors include the variable competence in reading ECGs, the intra/inter rater reliability, the lack of standard ECG training, the various ECG machine and filter settings, cognitive biases (such as automation bias which is the tendency to agree with the computer-aided diagnosis or AI diagnosis), the order of the information being received, tiredness or decision fatigue as well as ECG artefacts such as the signal noise or lead misplacement. We also discuss potential research questions and tools that could be used to mitigate this ‘noise’ and improve the quality of ECG based decision making.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Early online date10 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Noise
  • decision making
  • ECG
  • STEMI
  • MI
  • Cath Lab

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