Heart rhythm disturbances are a common cause of hospital and clinic presentations. Do you feel confident in interpreting basic cardiac rhythms and recognising ECG changes? ECGs are performed daily for a variety of reasons in all areas of health care. Is it time you had a refresher? If so, then these two highly evaluated study days are for you. This seminar will bring you up-to-date and refresh your knowledge on this key component of a cardiac assessment. It includes:
- A brief review of the relevant anatomy, physiology, electrophysiology, and pathophysiology
- Preparation for and recording of a high-quality ECG
- Basic interpretation of a standard 12-lead ECG
- Recognition of ECG changes that suggest acute ischaemia or cardiac injury
- Interpretation of common cardiac arrhythmias and their potential effects on the person’s cardiac output
- Identification of life-threatening arrhythmias and their early management
Gain knowledge and confidence to apply these skills to your practice immediately. Book now!
Need for Program
The leading cause of death and disease burden in Australia is coronary heart disease (CHD). According to the latest AIHW statistics, there are approximately 170 acute coronary events every day in Australia. Correct interpretation of the ECG is crucial in the early diagnosis, management, and outcomes for a patient suspected of having an acute cardiac event. Therefore, it is vital that nurses have the skills to correctly perform an ECG and cardiac monitoring and have the basic skills required to interpret the 12-lead ECG and common cardiac arrhythmias. As acute cardiac events and life-threatening arrhythmias can occur in any healthcare setting the above are essential skills for all nurses.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this seminar is to provide all nurses with an opportunity to learn how to perform and interpret a high-quality diagnostic standard 12-lead ECG and common cardiac arrhythmias as part of an overall cardiac assessment.
Your Learning Outcomes
- Know normal cardiac function and electrophysiology, and how it applies to a cardiac assessment
- Prepare a patient and explain the reason for recording a diagnostic standard 12-lead ECG
- Apply basic principles of ECG interpretation to a 12 and 13-lead ECG and correctly identify normal and abnormal ECGs
- Recognise acute ECG changes and their significance, initiate timely nursing interventions, and briefly discuss acute management