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Basic EKG Course

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Course Number: CEU 0025
Course Name: Basic EKG Course
Contact Hours: 12
CEUs: 1.2
Location:  
Prerequisite(s): None
Course Type: Lecture and Discussion

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide essential training and education in EKG arrhythmia interpretation for registered professional nurses, graduate nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The basic EKG course will provide an excellent way to prepare students for advancement in their medical training programs. A thorough understanding of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and properties can provide a framework for understanding and interpreting cardiac rhythms. Discussion of the physiology of cardiac conduction is discussed and covers the basics of how to read an EKG strip and the normal components of the EKG waveform. Examination of basic cardiac dysrhythmias, including sinus, atrial, junctional and ventricular dysrhythmias, and blocks will be examined. Measurement of complexes, placement of EKG leads for both 12 lead and telemetry, and rhythm strip practice analysis are incorporated. Selected nursing diagnoses for patients with dysrhythmias will be offered, along with associated nursing interventions. This is a two-day course, and attendance is mandatory to earn a basic EKG course completion certificate.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify anatomy, physiology, and basic electro-physiologic principles of cardiac conduction.
  2. Identify normal criteria for each of the wave forms and intervals evaluated in an EKG rhythm strip.
  3. Perform 5 steps to determine the cardiac rhythm.
  4. Interpret dysrhythmia, as well as normal rhythms.
  5. Describe the distinguishing features and associated treatments for each basic dysrhythmia.
  6. Correctly identify lead placement for leads I, II, III and MCL-1 and expected deflection from isoelectric line in each lead.
  7. Analyze a variety of EKG rhythm strips, identifying rate, rhythm, and intervals.
  8. Recognize common dysrhythmias encountered in the emergency department.
  9. Differentiate lethal from non-lethal dysrhythmias.
  10. Identify appropriate interventions and emergency management of selected dysrhythmias.

Required Texts:

TBD

Grading:

Grading will be evaluated according to the following:

             1.      Participation in role-play....................................................................... 20 Points

             2.      Participation in one-on-one conversations........................................... 20 Points

             3.      Dialogue practice sessions..................................................................... 20 Points

             4.      4 Quizzes................................................................................................ 40 Points

Graded by Pass/Fail...................................... Total Possible Points: 100 Points

Topical Outline:

Lecture will be held at the Winter Park Campus for 2 days for a total of 12 hours.

Didactic Outline:

Day 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
  • Conduction System
  • Waveform Identification
  • Measurements
  • Five-Step Analysis
  • Lead Placement
  • Monitoring in Lead I, II, III, MCL-1
  • Normal Rhythm Interpretation
  • Dysrhythmias—Sinus, Atrial, Junctional
  • Practice Strips

Day 2

  • Dysrhythmias—Ventricular, Blocks, PEA, Asystole
  • Identify changes in ST, QT, and PR Intervals
  • Identify changes of T Wave
  • Lethal Versus Non-Lethal Dysrhythmias
  • Nursing Diagnosis and Interventions
  • Emergency Management of Dysrhythmias
  • Rhythm Strip Analysis and Testing


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