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Cardiac Care: Advanced ECG Interpretation

  • : Surry Hills NSW 2010


2 Day Seminar for Nurses Includes: Heart Blocks; SVT & VT; Bundle Branch Blocks; Fascicular Blocks; Unusual Syndromes & Axis Deviations...



Despite the rapid advances in investigative cardiology, the 12 lead ECG remains a cornerstone of cardiac assessment. As a nurse you may often be involved in both performing and evaluating ECGs. However, if you are to perform this role competently, you will need extra tuition and guidance on a regular basis. This educational program is specially designed therefore, for nurses who already have a good, working knowledge of the 12 Lead ECG. The program aims to extend your knowledge by introducing you to more complex cardiac rhythms and the rationale behind them. It will be ideal for those nurses whose practice requires advanced cardiac knowledge and skills.

If you have identified a professional need to improve your understanding of the 12 lead ECG as part of your planned learning activities, then this program will offer you an opportunity to gain continuing professional development (CPD) hours related to this topic.


Need for Program

The 12 lead ECG remains a cornerstone of cardiac assessment. Nurses are increasingly involved in both performing and evaluating ECGs. However, interpretation can be difficult, due to the complex nature of the underlying pathology, and its manifestation on ECG. Attending this seminar will build on your existing knowledge and assist you to understand advanced ECG’s and therefore improve patient outcomes.

Purpose of Program

To improve patient outcomes for people who display complex cardiac arrhythmias by increasing ability to understand and interpret advanced ECG’s.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Revise the normal electrophysiology of the heart and relate to pathophysiology of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Determine the cause of complex cardiac arrhythmias and how to identify them on ECG traces
  • Describe the impact of electrolyte derangements on cardiac function and evidence-based nursing actions
  • Appraise and consolidate skills in advanced ECG interpretation and differentiation of abnormal cardiac rhythms through case discussion and practice
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Review of Cardiac Electrophysiology

    In order to interpret electrocardiograms (ECGs), it is essential that you understand the underlying electrophysiology and conductive mechanisms of the heart and how they impact on the heart's function. This introductory session will set the scene for the two-day program. It will rapidly refresh and review your knowledge of the:

    • Conduction system
    • Electrophysiology of the heart.


    Heart Blocks

    Heart block occurs when the electrical system of the heart is impaired. Importantly, heart block can be caused by a blockage in any part of the electrical conduction system of the heart. This has wide implications for the appearance of an ECG trace. The remainder of the morning sessions will review the heart block in some detail. You will revise the different types of heart block and their underlying pathophysiology. This will enable you to better understand the rationale behind their characteristic presentation and appearance on the ECG trace.


    Sinoatrial Nodal Blocks

    IThis interesting session offers an in-depth look at the sinoatrial node or sinus node (also referred to as SA nodal, blocks), and its role in the pathophysiology of heart blocks.

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Atrioventricular Nodal Blocks

    Atrioventricular node (also referred to as AV nodal, blocks).

    • First degree heart blocks
    • Second degree heart blocks
    • Third degree heart blocks


    Practice Session

    Practice identifying SA nodal blocks and AV nodal blocks on an ECG trace. Clearly understand the distinctive features of these conditions. Describe why they look as they do.

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Recognising Supraventricular Tachycardia
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Atrial flutter
    • Atrial tachycardia
    • Junctional tachycardia
    • Re-entry tachycardia

    2:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Bundle Branch Blocks and Fascicular Blocks

    Both these types of heart blocks are conduction abnormalities that can be identified on the ECG. In this session, you will learn about:

    • Right bundle branch block
    • Left bundle branch block
    • Left anterior fascicular block
    • Left posterior fascicular block

    Practice identifying right and left bundle branch blocks and right and left fascicular blocks on an ECG trace. Learn how to clearly understand the distinctive features of these conditions.

    4:30pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Chamber Hypertrophy and Enlargement

    An interesting session that looks at the impact of chamber hypertrophy and cardiac enlargement on ECG traces. What happens to the ECG trace when the following parts of the heart are enlarged?

    • Left atrium
    • Right atrium
    • Left ventricle
    • Right ventricle

    Practice testing your skills and see if you can figure out when part of the heart is enlarged in the displayed sample of ECG traces.


    Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

    This syndrome, a heart condition in which there is an extra electrical pathway in the heart, causes unusual traces on an ECG which you need to be aware of. This session will look at this syndrome in some depth and explain why the ECG trace presents in such a manner. It will also show you how to identify this condition on an ECG trace.

    • Mechanism of the disease
    • Recognising the condition on an ECG trace

    Practice testing your skills to see if you can identify this syndrome on an ECG trace. Link the pathophysiology to the ECG recording.

    11:00am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Supraventricular (SVT) versus Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

    It is important that you can quickly determine whether a person is experiencing SVT or VT. In this session, you will learn to determine, at a glance, whether a person has SVT or VT. What are the causes of SVT and VT and how do these manifest on an ECG trace? Also, learn about the major differences in treatment - what are they?

    Practice looking at a range of ECGs and determine which are SVT and which are VT.

    1:00pm - Lunch Break and Browse the Book Display


    Unusual ECG Abnormalities

    This challenging session will look at some of the aberrant and less common cardiac disorders that cause ECG traces to be abnormal. In this session, you will continue to be challenged and asked to connect underlying cardiac function to ECG traces.

    • How does a long-QT syndrome appear on an ECG trace and why does it look like it does?
    • Learn about Burgarda Syndrome
    • Why would pulmonary embolism be evident on an ECG trace?
    • How do electrolyte derangements manifest on an ECG trace?

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Final Practice Session

    Can you defend the assumptions you are making about heart health from your interpretation of an ECG? Now is the time to ensure you understand the basics of ECG interpretation. Test how much you have learned from the program, and ask any final questions to ensure you have absolute clarity in regard to this important nursing skill.

    4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    James McVeigh

    James McVeigh

    Jim McVeigh is an authorised Nurse Practitioner in the field of High Dependency Nursing (Coronary Care/Cardiology). In this role, Jim is employed as the coordinator of the Heart Failure Service at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. Jim's postgraduate qualifications are a Coronary Care Certificate, and a Master of Clinical Nursing. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Jim is a member of the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Cardiac Care: Advanced ECG Interpretation
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Surry Hills NSW 2010
Rydges Sydney Central (formerly Sebel Surry Hills), 28 Albion Street
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