Purpose: This case report outlines the utility and challenges of remote continuous postoperative electrocardiography ECG) monitoring, which is routed through a secure smartphone to provide real-time detection and management of myocardial ischemia. Clinical features: A 42-yr-old male with previous myocardial infarction and angioplasty underwent a radical prostatectomy. At three hours and 45 min postoperatively, remote real-time ECG monitoring was initiated upon the patient’s arrival on a regular surgical ward. Monitor alerts were routed to a study clinician’s smartphone. About six hours postoperatively, alarms were received and horizontal ST segment depressions were observed. A 12-lead ECG validated the ST segment changes, prompting initiation of a metoprolol iv and a red blood cell transfusion. Approximately seven hours and 30 min postoperatively, the ST segments normalized. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 3 and followed for four years without any sequelae. Conclusion: This case report illustrates the use of remote ECG monitoring and clinician response in real time with the use of a smartphone. With each alert, a small ECG strip is transmitted to the smartphone for viewing. In our view, this technology and management system provides a possible means to interrupt myocardial ischemic cascades in real time and prevent postoperative myocardial infarction.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12630-017-0817-0
Journal Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
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Yang, H. (Homer), Fayad, A. (Ashraf), Chaput, A. (Alan), Oake, S. (Stuart), Chan, A, & Crossan, M.L. (Mary Lou). (2017). Postoperative real-time electrocardiography monitoring detects myocardial ischemia: a case report. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 1–5. doi:10.1007/s12630-017-0817-0