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Cardiac Care: Advanced ECG Interpretation

  • : Surry Hills NSW 2010

2 Day Seminar to Build on Your Existing Knowledge



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. Extend your knowledge by looking at advanced concepts such as:

  • Heart blocks
  • Bundle branch and fascicular blocks
  • SVT and VT
  • Chamber hypertrophy
  • Unusual ECG abnormalities

This educational program is specially designed for nurses who already have a good, working knowledge of the 12 Lead ECG and want to build on this.


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.

Your Learning Outcomes
  • 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 following:

    • Electrophysiology of the conduction system in the heart
    • The various ECG waveforms and intervals
    • Einthoven’s triangle and the 12 lead ECG
    • ECG vectors

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Differentiating the Different Heart Blocks

    This interesting session offers an in-depth look at both sinoatrial exit blocks and atrioventricular nodal blocks. It will help you differentiate further between:

    • 1st degree heart blocks
    • When should a filter be used and what is calibration? What is interference and how can it be eliminated?
    • 2nd degree heart blocks (type 1 and type 2)
    • 3rd degree heart blocks

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    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.

    2:45pm - Afternoon 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 what are the differences in treatment? This session will focus on the following types of SVT:

    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Atrial flutter
    • Atrial tachycardia
    • Junctional tachycardia
    • Re-entry tachycardia

    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


    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


    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?

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    12 Lead ECG Changes seen in Acute Coronary Syndromes

    In this session, you will learn to interpret a 12 lead ECG with a specific emphasis on the patient experiencing cardiac chest pain. It will help you in identifying:

    • The ECG changes associated with myocardial ischaemia, injury and/or infarction
    • Where in the heart the ischaemic event is occurring - anterior, lateral, inferior or posterior

    2:45pm - 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


    Joanne Reading

    Joanne Reading

    Joanne Reading is a clinical educator within the 42 bed ICU at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, which also services critically ill patients from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Women’s Hospital. Joanne holds a Critical Care Graduate Certificate and a Master of Health Science with a focus in education, and is also the author of her own nursing education website called “Blogging for your Noggin”. With a special interest in all things cardiac and respiratory, Joanne is passionate about ensuring that education not only fosters critical thinking, but is entertaining in the process!

    Cardiac Care: Advanced ECG Interpretation
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    11 hours
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    11 hours
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    Surry Hills NSW 2010
    Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street
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