12-Lead ECGs are routinely performed in many clinical environments. Often, they are used as screening and monitoring for various conditions. They are frequently performed in the Emergency Room, Critical Care, and other areas of acute care. They are continuously monitored in outpatient units during procedures such as stress testing. During acute events, changes will often be seen on the 12-Lead. These may be easily recognized, or subtle, and require the medical professional to have the knowledge to able to identify and respond appropriately.
While 12-Lead interpretation can be very complex and “advanced”, the goal of this full-day session is to enable the nurse or technician to perform an interpretation and apply it to the clinical setting. Recognition of normal waves and a “quick and dirty” way to determine axis is presented. Clinical correlation and a systematic approach in the evaluation of rhythms and the 12-Lead is used throughout.
Diagrams are incorporated into the extensive handout along with “Memory Hints” and practice sessions to validate knowledge. In the review of medical conditions, pathology, clinical manifestations, complications, ECG changes, and treatment options are included.
A review of the following is incorporated into this interactive seminar:
• Normal and pathological waveforms
• Axis determination
• Bundle branch blocks
• Fascicular blocks
• Acute coronary syndrome
• Ischemia, injury, and infarction
• Associated dysrhythmias
• Pericardial effusion and tamponade
• Chamber hypertrophy
• Electrolyte imbalances
• Drug toxicity
• Pulmonary embolism
• Ventricular aneurysm
• Cerebrovascular accident