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Advanced concepts in ECG interpretation

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This is a two-day comprehensive ECG interpretation and arrhythmia management short course designed for clinicians who require knowledge and skills to interpret a normal 12-lead electrocardiogram and to recognise deviations from normal.

Topics covered include arrhythmia interpretation and assessment with special emphasis on locating types of MI (myocardial infarction), normal axis deviations and identifying electrolyte imbalance, medical and nursing management.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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RN member         $327.00RN non-member     $385.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • identify the components of an ECG complex, their significance and variations
  • recognise details of cardiac impulse conduction and their relationship to arrhythmias
  • review the functions of leads, planes and techniques for determining the heart’s electrical axis
  • identify changes associated with acute coronary syndromes
  • describe the causes, significance, treatment, and nursing implications in the different types of heart blocks and arrhythmias
  • analyse modalities of treatment for arrhythmias – non-pharmacological and pharmacological
  • demonstrate knowledge application of interpreting abnormalities in a 12-lead ECG.

Day 1

0845 – 0900Registration
0900 – 0915Welcome and introductions
0915 – 1030

A brief overview of:

  • normal conduction system and accessory pathways
  • electrophysiology and nervous control of the heart
1030 – 1045

Morning tea 

1045 – 1230

Understanding sinus rhythm

Analysing arrhythmias

  • five-step systematic process
  • arrhythmias originating from the sinus node, atria and ventricles
1230 – 1300Lunch
1300 – 1500

Heart blocks

Life threatening ventricular arrhythmias

Management of arrhythmias

  • pharmacological
  • non-pharmacological 
1500 – 1515Afternoon tea 
1515 – 1645

Group activity - clinical scenarios and immediate nursing interventions

Practice arrhythmias

1645 – 1700Summary

Day 2

0900 – 0945

Review normal components of the ECG waveform

Anatomy of coronary arteries and lead grouping reflecting anatomic surface areas of the heart

0945 – 1000Morning tea
1000 – 1200

Axis deviation and exercises 

Bundle branch blocks and exercises

1200 – 1245Lunch
​1245 – 1445

QT interval and QTC exercises

ECG changes in acute coronary syndromes

1445 – 1500Afternoon tea
​1500 – 1630

Current guidelines for the management of acute coronary syndromes

Practice session

  • clinical scenarios
  • interpret 12-lead ECGs
1630 – 1645 Summary and evaluation