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12 Lead ECG Interpretation [20181106]

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Max Contact Hours Awarded: 6.75
Max Pharmacotherapeutic Hours Awarded: 0


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November 6, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Acute Care Education
7200 NE 41st Street
, Suite 206
Vancouver, WA 98662

Program Description

You are experienced with interpreting the ECG rhythm the patient is displaying on the monitor, but how do you interpret the full 12-lead ECG?  This rapidly moving course will explore 12-lead ECG interpretation beyond basic cardiac ECG rhythms.  We will explore the advanced ECG concepts of bundle branch blocks, chamber enlargement, axis deviation, and ST-segment elevation, ST-segment depression and T-wave inversions and their relationship to STEMI and NSTEMI MI’s.  You will gain greater understanding of this valuable tool and use practical systematic steps for analyzing a 12-lead ECG.  This interactive course includes lecture, group participation, and skill acquisition exercises. Competency of basic cardiac ECG rhythm knowledge and identification is a mandatory prerequisite to this course.

Who Should Attend?  Registered Nurses practicing in acute care environments (PCU/ICU/CCU/ED), Advanced Practice Nurses in all areas with basic ECG experience, telemetry/ECG technicians, emergency department technicians, and other Health Sciences Professionals wishing to perform advanced 12-lead ECG interpretation.

Desired Learning Outcome:   You will gain skills to perform a 12-lead ECG interpretation.

At the conclusion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the physiological concepts of cardiac muscle contraction, electrical conduction, and coronary blood flow.
  2. Match patterns of ECG leads to the correct coronary artery
  3. Identify the five components of a systematic approach to 12 lead ECG interpretation including: rate and rhythm, bundle branch blocks, chamber enlargement, axis deviation, and patterns of ischemia, injury, infarction
  4. Practice analyzing a 12 lead ECG using the five step systematic method
  5. Review variants in 12 lead ECG’s which can lead to misdiagnosis
  6. Review skills for quick analysis of the 12 lead ECG


Program Agenda

7:45 am – 8:00 am     Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:10 am     Welcome and Announcements
8:10 am – 9:10 am     Cardiac Physiology, Electrical Conduction, Leads
9:10 am – 9:20 am     Break
9:20 am – 10:55 am   Overview Rate & Rhythm, Bundle Branch Blocks, Chamber Enlargement, Axis Deviation
10:55 am – 11:05 am  Break
11:05 am – 12:00 pm  ST Elevation, ST Depression, T Wave Inversion related to STEMI & NSTEMI MI
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm      5 Step ECG Analysis Practice
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Break
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm      Ghosts of the 12 Lead
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm      Quick Analysis Practical Test
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm      Q & A / Online Evaluations


Susan E. Thornton, MN, RN

Susan E Thornton, MN, RNSusan founded Acute Care Education to create an organization with integrity and honesty to deliver high quality evidence-based CNE. As a clinical educator, Susan’s twenty-four years of nursing knowledge covers a broad spectrum of clinical experiences including:   acute care and critical care nursing in both RN and ACNP roles; clinical educator for LPN and RN’s;  management positions within a variety of healthcare organizations, academia, and in business. Susan served in the United States Army Nurse Corps from 1991-1997.  Her assignments included:  Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Madigan Army Medical Center.  Currently, she teaches advanced skills such as 12-lead ECG Interpretation and Lab Interpretation. Over the years, she has spoken on a variety of topics at the local and national levels.   Susan holds a Master’s in Nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Washington State University–Vancouver and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Oregon Council of Healthcare Educators, and Northwest Staff Development Organization.

Registration includes:  Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, ECG exercises, all day coffee, tea, water, continental breakfast and snacks.  Wi-fi is available in the conference center. 

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