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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWelcome to week 2 of the course. In the first week, we explored the electrical activity of the heart and the reasons for recording an ECG. We also reviewed a step-by-step process for performing the procedure, including how to approach the electrode placement, and the pre and post procedure considerations. This week we will be exploring some potential problems you may face in obtaining a high-quality recording and how to address these. We will also be focusing in more detail on the heart's normal sinus rhythm and how to recognise this on an ECG as well as looking at some abnormal rhythms, including atrial fibrillation.

Welcome to Week 2

Our course lead educator, Jo Gregory, Associate Professor for Undergraduate Workforce Development, welcomes you back to the course and explains what will be covering during the second and final week.

This week

In this second week of the course, we will explore some of the barriers to obtaining a high-quality ECG recording before revisiting the concept of sinus rhythm in more detail. We will also look at some common arrhythmias and consider their potential impact.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  1. Identify problems in obtaining a good quality ECG and suggest solutions to these.
  2. Explain the relationship between the heart’s electrical activity and ECG waveforms.
  3. Recall the parameters for normal sinus rhythm.
  4. Describe some key features of arrhythmias and their potential impact.

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ECG Assessment: an Introduction for Healthcare Providers

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