The Monitor Surveillance Technician course began in 1987 to prepare qualified technicians to observe patient telemetry monitors and interpret basic cardiac rhythms and report findings to the nurse and/or physician.
Monitor Surveillance Technicians incorporate electrocardiographic (EKG) observation of clients, across the lifespan and with diverse cardiovascular healthcare needs. They observe patient telemetry monitors that graphically record the electrical activity of the hearts of selected cardiac patients. Technicians must be able to interpret basic EKG rhythms and report the results to the physician and/or nurse. This is an essential discipline that collaborates with nurses and persons in other roles to promote preferred cardiac outcomes.