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EKG Technician 1B: Analysis & Response

EKG/ECG Technician
Career Pathway Course Units

Unit 1: Patient Care Considerations

The little things we do when caring for patients make all the difference in how well a test or a procedure goes. As we explore patient care considerations, we’ll look at the things we do and say before, during, and after a procedure as part of care delivery. We’ll investigate ways to keep the patient safe, the best ways to communicate, and the steps to take throughout the testing process. Together, we’ll find the best ways to make our patients our priority!

Unit 2: What’s in a Wave? The EKG Strip

Armed with the knowledge of how to provide the best patient care, we’re getting closer to using our skills as EKG techs. Before performing EKGs on patients, we need to understand exactly what we’re recording and what that wave really means. During our exploration of what seems to be a tiny wave on graph paper, we’ll see how the information contained in that wave is a lot more than meets the eye. Let’s break down each part of an EKG strip and find out what’s in a wave!

Unit 3: Normal & Sinus Rhythms

To determine what’s abnormal in an EKG, we first need to understand what’s normal. As we decipher the characteristic PQRST wave, we’ll see what sinus rhythm is and break down variations of this type of waveform, including the impact on patients and the proper response by healthcare professionals. So, is a sinus rhythm good or bad for the patient? In this quest, we’ll dissect the parts of the EKG wave to find the answer!

Unit 4: When It’s Not Sinus: Arrhythmias

Just like any complex system, the electrical conduction system of the heart doesn’t always function as it should. During this learning adventure, we’ll investigate various types of arrhythmias and learn how to recognize them. As you might guess, an EKG tech plays a key role in initiating quick responses to some of them! Do you want to learn more about the part you’ll play as a member of a healthcare team? Let’s find out what happens when it’s not sinus rhythm but an arrhythmia!

Unit 5: Changes in the Strip: Abnormalities

With so many possible conditions impacting the way the heart functions, we need a way to help identify what’s really going on. During this part of our EKG investigation, we’ll look at various abnormalities to examine their causes and their appearance on the strip. As we’ll see, recognizing these changes is the key to a healthcare worker’s response to and report of irregular findings. It’s time to learn how to decode the meaning of changes in the strip!