This course is intended for nurses and other healthcare professionals who are required to evaluate ECG tracings. Key areas of concentration in this self-paced course include a review of the anatomy, physiology, and function of the heart, ECG lead placement and waveforms, and interpretation of cardiac rhythms and arrhythmias. A systematic method to analyze the ECG is presented and demonstrated. Type of arrhythmias are discussed, answering the questions: what do I call the rhythm, what does it mean, and what do I do about it? Hands-on practice exercises are presented to enhance the learning experience.
By the end of this program, the participant should be able to:
1. Understand the heart anatomy with its functions, blood flow through heart, and the conduction system of heart.
2. Describe the electrical basis of the ECG, as well as 3-, 5-, 6-, and 12-lead configuration for monitoring.
3. Explain the components of an ECG waveform.
4. Recognize various types of arrhythmias.
This course can be taken by nurses and other healthcare professionals.
- Heart anatomy
- ECG lead placement
- ECG waveform
- Arrhythmia recognition