ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers

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ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers

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ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers
The course ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers is an online class provided by St George's, University of London through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Understand the principles of electrocardiography and learn a step-by-step approach to the ECG test, with this free online course.
Course description
  • 2 weeks
  • The electrocardiograph (also known as electrocardiogram) or ECG is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure, commonly used to assess people with known or suspected heart disease, in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Competent recording, reading and interpretation is vital to ensure safe and effective care, yet ECGs are commonly undertaken by unqualified and junior staff, who have received little training.
  • Gain an introduction to ECG assessment and interpretation
  • This free online course will equip you with an introductory understanding of ECG assessment and interpretation, which will support the further hands-on training that is needed to competently perform the ECG test in clinical practice.
  • Over two weeks, you will be guided through a step-by-step approach to undertaking the procedure, including ECG lead placement, and how to deal with common challenges you may face in obtaining a high quality ECG reading. You will also explore the principles of electrophysiology, and how to recognise a normal heart rhythm, as well as signs of arrhythmia.
  • You will learn through demonstrations and interactive animations, and be able to check your knowledge and deepen your understanding through a variety of quizzes and peer discussion.
  • What are ECGs and why are they useful?
  • How to record an ECG
  • Troubleshooting and challenges in obtaining a high quality ECG
  • Recognising normal sinus rhythm
  • Introduction to arrhythmias
  • Explain the heart’s normal electrical activity and the meaning of the term ‘sinus rhythm’
  • Describe an ECG and what it measures
  • Discuss the reasons for recording an ECG
  • Identify the steps involved in recording a standard 12 lead ECG, including electrode placement and the pre and post-procedure considerations
  • Identify problems in obtaining a good quality ECG and suggest solutions to these
  • Explain the relationship between the heart’s electrical activity and ECG waveforms
  • Summarise the parameters for normal sinus rhythm
  • Describe some key features of arrhythmias and their potential impact
  • This course is suitable for a range of existing healthcare providers, including qualified and student nurses, paramedics and support workers.
  • St George’s, University of London
  • St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.
  • Kingston and St George’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
  • The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a joint enterprise of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Prerequisites & Facts

ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers

Course Topic

Healthcare & Medicine, Medical Technology

University, College, Institution

St George’s, University of London

Course Skill Level

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / St George's, University of London you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: St George's, University of London
Topic: Healthcare & Medicine, Medical Technology
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