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To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

  • The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • The Cardiac Cycle
  • The Heart's Electrical System
  • How the ECG Represents the Electrical Activity of the Heart
  • How the Heart's Electrical Activity is Represented on the Paper Strip
  • Evaluating an ECG
  • Using the ECG Strip to Calculate Heart Rate
  • The 12-Lead Electrocardiograph
  • The Bedside Electrocardiograph
  • Applying Electrodes
  • The Patient and the Family During Monitoring
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of the electrical conduction system of the heart, the portions of the ECG wave, and how to apply electrodes to initiate ECG.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define cardiac monitoring.
  • Name the parts of the electrical conduction system of the heart.
  • State the function of the SA node and the AV node.
  • Describe depolarization and repolarization of the cells of the myocardium.
  • Name the waves of the normal ECG complex.
  • Relate each ECG wave to the corresponding electrical activity of the heart.
  • Demonstrate a fast method of using the electrocardiogram to estimate the heart rate.
  • Demonstrate how to measure a P-R interval, the QRS duration, and the Q-T interval.
  • Demonstrate applying the electrodes to the patient for Lead II and Modified Chest Lead I.

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