ECG and Cardiac Life Support

Summary

In August 1988, the ISIS-2 trial was published in the LANCET, and for the first time a clinical trial demonstrated a clear pharmacological evidence for the benefit of a simple aspirin tablet in the management of acute coronary syndromes.

Over 30 years later, pharmacology and interventional cardiology have advanced significantly, however the standard screening investigation for these interventions has remained the same: a 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Accurate ECG interpretation remains a key tool for early decision-making for those involved in time dependent clinical care.

This course uses an interactive case discussion format to revise the basics of ECG interpretation.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic ECG analysis (rate, rhythm, axis, waves and complexes, ST and T wave changes).
  • The 10 rules for a normal ECG.
  • The ECG in acute coronary syndrome.
  • Dizziness collapse and the ECG (including WPW, long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, HOCM).

Practical simulation sessions cover the assessment and management of tachyarrhythmias and bradycardias using an immersive simulation format. 

Learning objectives

  • To practice the five basic steps of ECG interpretation: Rate, rhythm, Axis, waves and complexes, ST and T wave changes.
  • To develop a structured approach to determining a 'normal ECG'.
  • To develop skills in identifying acute ischemia on an ECG.
  • To develop a structured approach to an ECG interpretation in dizziness or collapsed patients.
  • To practice the management of acute tachycardias.