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5-Lead ECG Placement and Cardiac Monitoring

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

In order to accurately and correctly assess a patient using 5-lead monitoring, it is necessary to understand how ECG works, know how to prepare the patient and follow the standardised system for electrodes and their placement.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a non-invasive method of monitoring the electrophysiology of the heart (Mayo Clinic 2020).

While ECG is commonly used across a variety of medical settings, it plays a particularly important role in the haemodynamic assessment of ICU patients (Liverpool Hospital 2014).

All ICU patients generally require continuous ECG monitoring if clinically unstable. Continuous ECG monitoring can improve the detection of clinical deterioration (Liverpool Hospital 2014; Moss et al. 2017).

How does ECG Work?

ECG involves the placement of electrodes on to the patient’s torso and/or limbs. The electrodes are connected to an electrocardiograph, which displays a pictorial representation of the patient’s cardiac activity (Liverpool Hospital 2014; Mayo Clinic 2020).

The waves detected and visually displayed through ECG illustrate the sequence of depolarisation (positive current) and repolarisation (negative current) generated by action potentials (electrical impulses) in the heart (Liverpool Hospital 2014; Klabunde 2019).

In ICU settings, ECG is generally used for continuous monitoring of the patient’s heart rate and the detection of any potentially fatal cardiac abnormalities such as arrhythmias, but may also serve a diagnostic purpose (Gandhi & Lewis 2016).

Delivery
Title
5-Lead ECG Placement and Cardiac Monitoring
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Cardiac, Critical care ( ICU Cardiothoracic | High Dependency | Surgery ), Health Assessments
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
21-Apr-2020
End Date
21-Apr-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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