EKG Basics (EKG Tech)
(EKG101)

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Cost: $229

This course is designed to give the learner a basic understanding of the cardiac conduction system and will define and demonstrate various common rhythm abnormalities.  This course will prepare the learner to assist licensed healthcare professionals in obtaining EKGs, noting basic arrhythmias, identifying possible sources of the electrical conduction signal and applying the appropriate actions to ensure patient safety and improve patient outcomes.  By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define terminology common to EKG
  • List the various types of EKG tracings that can be obtained
  • Demonstrate comprehension of what each type of EKG is used for
  • Identify equipment and supplies used in obtaining an EKG
  • Label all cardiac structures and discuss normal cardiac blood flow
  • Identify components of the circulatory system
  • Demonstrate location of all components of the cardiac conduction system
  • Define normal electrical flow within the heart
  • Define depolarization and repolarization as a chemical event
  • Demonstrate proper application of EKG electrodes and lead wires
  • Define each area of interest a 12 lead EKG identifies
  • Label positive and negative electrodes for each EKG lead
  • Comprehend use of modified chest leads and alternative 15 and 18 lead EKGs
  • Demonstrate proper placement of electrodes for modified leads
  • Label waveform components with proper terminology
  • Recognize normal waveform components in various forms on EKG strips
  • Identify time/amplitude measurements on EKG paper
  • Demonstrate comprehension of normal waveform measurements
  • Match waveform to physical, chemical and mechanical action of the heart
  • Recognize normal sinus rhythm
  • Analyze EKG strips for abnormalities using proper criteria
  • Recognize common rhythm abnormalities
  • Interpret where initiating signal is originating based on EKG tracing
  • Evaluate EKG strips for atrial, junctional and ventricular dysrhythmias
  • Recognize AV blocks (1st degree, 2nd degree – type I and II, 3rd degree)
  • Identify proper procedure to follow after noting rhythm abnormalities or heart blocks

This course is appropriate for the basic healthcare worker looking to gain additional skill sets in obtaining an EKG and identifying rhythm abnormalities.  Licensed healthcare workers may also benefit from enrollment in the course to obtain a greater understanding of each component of the EKG and increase confidence in rhythm identification and appropriate actions.