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To enable registered Nurses to further develop existing knowledge and skill related to basic ECG analysis in order to analyse advanced electrophysiology.

Learning outcomes

  • undertake an electrocardiogram analysis including: interpretation of waves, intervals and segments, calculation of rhythm, rate, and the principal measurement, identification of normal sinus rhythm and alterations to normal sinus rhythm.
  • interpret atrial arrhythmias and differentiate between atrial, nodal and ventricular arrhythmias
  • identify and interpret Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • interpret ventricular arrhythmias and differentiate between ventricular tachycardia and atrial tachycardias with aberration
  • identify pacing rhythms including atrial, ventricular and AV sequential pacing
  • discuss the indications for temporary and long-term pacing with peers
  • interpret acute ischaemic changes on a 12 lead ECG
  • identify right ventricular infarction on a 12 lead ECG
  • interpret and differentiate between right ventricular hypertrophy and left ventricular hypertrophy
  • identify right and left bundle branch blocks
  • identify first degree, second degree, third degree and AV block
  • understand the implications of rhythm disturbance on cardiac function and the individual.
  • identify common pathologies that cause alterations in electrophysiology.