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Introduction to 12-lead ECG interpretation City Health

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Course overview

This study day has been designed to meet the needs of registered practitioners who work in clinical settings where continuous cardiac monitoring is performed and/or 12-lead ECG interpretation skills are required.

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    This course provided me with essential basic knowledge that I need for working with ECG's

    Staff Nurse, Hammersmith Hospital

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    This course give me more than basic understanding of ECG-12 lead reading & recording. Now i am leaving this place with confidence that i know how to recognise normal/ abnormal ECG & why.

    Staff Nurse, Hammersmith Hospital

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

Introduction to rhythm recognition

  • Revision of cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology
  • Six stage approach to systematic rhythm interpretation
  • Recognition of normal sinus rhythm and common arrhythmias
  • Appreciation of the clinical context of some common arrhythmias

Introduction to 12-lead ECG interpretation

  • Obtaining a readable and clinically useful 12-Lead ECG (including lead placement)
  • Systematic approach to 12-lead ECG interpretation (including recognition of the normal 12-lead ECG)
  • The role of the 12-lead ECG in identifying acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and determining immediate management
  • 12-lead ECG abnormalities associated with electrolyte imbalance

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

Applicants must be registered practitioners working in a clinical setting where continuous cardiac monitoring is performed and / or 12-lead ECG interpretation skills are required.


Assessment

Assessment

Presentation
Workbook to promote clinical application of content

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Crawford J & Doherty L (2009) Recording a standard 12-lead ECG: Filling in gaps in quality British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 4(4) pp162-7

Crawford J & Doherty L (2008) Recording a standard 12-lead ECG: Filling in gaps in knowledge British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 3(12)pp572-7

Nicol M, Bavin C, Cronin P , Rawlings-Anderson K, Cole E & Hunter J (2012) Essential Nursing Skills4th Edition Edinburgh : Elsevier

Rowlands A & Sargent A (2014) The ECG workbook 3rd Edition M&K Update Ltd, Keswick

Sampson  M & McGrath A (2015) Understanding the ECG Part 1: anatomy and physiology, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 10(11) pp548-554

Sampson M & McGrath A (2015) Understanding the ECG Part 2: ECG basics, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 10(12) pp588-594

Sampson M (2016) Understanding the ECG Part 3: Arrthyhmias, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 11(1) pp2-7

Module leaders

  • Tracey Bowden (née Gibson)

    Tracey is a senior lecturer in adult nursing specialising in cardiac care. Tracey trained in Ayrshire and Arran College of Nursing and Midwifery before starting work as a staff nurse in the coronary care unit of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. She moved to London to London in 1998 to ...

  • Duncan Smith

    Duncan was appointed Lecturer at City, University of London in August 2014.

    Duncan is currently undertaking a 4-year NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (supervised by Prof. Leanne Aitken and Dr Martin Cartwright). Duncan's doctoral research focuses on the development of a complex behaviour change intervention, to improve responses to ...

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