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ECG Training Course

ECG Rhythm Classroom Course

The classroom-based, Instructor-led ECG Rhythm Course is aimed at healthcare professionals who participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units, such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and others who require this specialized knowledge for their job.

ECG Rhythm Course Objective

  • Explain heart anatomy and basic electrophysiology
  • Explain normal ECG measurements
  • Recognize and understand basic arrhythmias
  • Obtain intermediate understanding of 12 lead ECG’s

ECG Rhythm Course Content

  • Anatomy & physiology of the heart pulmonary and vascular systems
    • Describe electrical vs. mechanical activity
    • Auscultation of the heart
    • Describe normal and abnormal heart sounds
    • Identify gallops and murmurs
    • Identify equipment appropriate to the examination of the heart and peripheral
  • Waves and measurements
    • Distinguish P-waves, QRS complex, T & U waves
  • Analyzing Rhythm Strips
    • Recount the measurement of units of time & voltage related to ECG’s
    • Recall the normal measurement of the PR-interval, QRS complex & QT interval
  • Describe the four sinus rhythms
    • Normal sinus rhythm, sinus arrhythmia
    • Bradycardia, tachycardia
  • Describe the five atrial rhythms
    • Atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, atrial tachycardia
    • Premature atrial contraction, wandering atrial pacemaker
  • Describe the four junctional rhythms
    • PJC, junctional escape rhythm
    • Accerlerated junctional rhythm, junctional tachycardia
  • Describe the four heart blocks
    • 1st degree heart block
    • 2nd degree heart block type l & 11
    • LBBB & RBBB
    • 3rd degree heart block
  • Recall the ventricular rhythms
    • Distinguish a PVC or VPB
    • Distinguish polymorphic and monomorphic v-tach
    • Distinguish V-Fib, idioventricular, asystole
  • Recall 12 lead ECG’s
    • List the anterior leads V1-V4
    • List the lateral leads 1, aVL, V5, V6
    • List the inferior leads 11,111, aVF
    • Map the coronary arteries to ECG leads
  • Recall myocardial injury
    • Distinguish myocardial ischemia
    • Distinguish myocardial infarction
  • Miscellaneous ECG changes
    • Determine and measure axis deviation
    • Discuss ECG changes associated electrolyte imbalances, drug effects, pulmonary disease
  • Discuss pre-excitation syndromes
    • Describe WPW Wolf-Parkinson-White
    • Describe LGL Lown-Ganong-Levine
  • Recall long QT interval
    • Discuss Romano Ward Syndrome
    • Discuss Jervell-Lange-Nieslen
  • Discuss women with heart disease
    • Recall troponin values CK-CKMB, myoglobin values
    • Recall obstructive vs. microvasular coronary disease
    • Recall the four kinds of shock
  • Managemen of caridac emergencies
    • Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Cardiogenic shock
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Pericarditis
    • Cardiac Tamponade

The American Heart Association® ACLS & PALS courses do not include instruction on how to read or interpret ECG Rhythms!

It is essential that you have an understanding of ECG Rhythm interpretation to be successful in these courses. This is a great resource prior to your ACLS and PALS courses.


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