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Cite this VLA
This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will assist registered nurses to correctly record a diagnostic quality 12-Lead ECG. It describes how to care for the patient, where to place leads and how to record the ECG trace.
- What an ECG does and what it records
- Nursing responsibilities, preparation of the patient
- Electrical waveforms
- Lead views of the heart
- Correct location of leads
- Variations in electrode placement
- Common potential problems
- Types of interference
- Standard 12-Lead ECG examples.
This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives who are required to perform 12 lead ECGs.
The aim of this VLA is to offer nurses an opportunity to expand and consolidate professional knowledge and skills for recording a diagnostic quality 12-Lead ECG. By giving a step-by-step demonstration and discussing potential problems and approaches to minimise each, the viewer will be more confident to effectively and efficiently comprehend and perform this often confusing procedure.
Recording a 12 lead ECG is a common procedure for nurses working in both primary and secondary care settings when faced with individuals presenting with acute chest pain. It is an important part of risk assessment and is required for identifying the possible need for urgent interventions. However on researching the literature there is a scarcity of comprehensive and reliable information readily available to nurses, and in the clinical area the procedure is often not well taught or expertly performed.Nurses in Australia, are required to obtain a minimum of 20 continuing professional development (CPD) hours each year that relates to their context of practice in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.
This educational Video Learning Activity (VLA) is presented in an engaging and convenient 'school-of-one' online delivery format. The format contains:
- An illustrated video lecture
- Time for self –evaluation involving Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and reflection on your practice and documenting this in your CPD Organiser or other CPD/CNE portfolio.
- Review of resource material including: links to online lectures of relevance and information regarding related conferences when available
- Evaluation survey This evaluation is designed to determine how your knowledge has been enhanced and strengthened by completing this VLA and to measure your satisfaction with the VLA.
- Certificate of completion
In order to finish this CPD activity and be awarded an Activity Completion Certificate, you will need to:
- watch the video
- achieve a 100% score in the test your learning questions
- document your learning in your CPD Organiser or CPD/CNE portfolio
- complete the evaluation of the VLA.
0.5 Ausmed CPD hour(s).
0.5 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education (CNE) for RNs and APNs.Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
- 20 minute (approx) illustrated video lecture
- 20 minutes for self-evaluation using the test your learning questions, reflecting on your practice, documenting this in your CPD Organiser or other CPD/CNE portfolio and completion of the evaluation survey of the VLA.
Citing this Video Learning Activity
- Using Harvard referencing style:
Schubert, H., 2013. Electrocardiogram (ECG): Recording a Diagnostic Quality 12-Lead ECG. 2nd ed., Ausmed Education. Available at: http://www.ausmed.com.au/learning-centre/recording-a-diagnostic-quality-12-lead-ecg-description#content [Accessed March 21, 2013].
- Using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition referencing style:
Schubert, H. (2013). Electrocardiogram (ECG): Recording a Diagnostic Quality 12-Lead ECG. (2nd ed.). Ausmed Education. Retrieved from http://www.ausmed.com.au/learning-centre/recording-a-diagnostic-quality-12-lead-ecg-description#content
Review of this Activity
The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity.
Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications have been used.
Ausmed Education Learning Centre includes expert review in the development of its Video Learning Activities (VLAs).
Video recording completed: August 2010
Video recording location: Melbourne, Australia
VLA first published: December 2010
VLA reviewed: October 2013
VLA republished: 10 December 2013
VLA expiry date: 31 December 2016
Corrections/changes made: November 2013
This CPD/CNE activity will expire at the end of December 2016 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.
This audio-visual publication contains a variety of content on health for general educational and informative purposes only. The content of this material is not diagnostic or prescriptive and does not replace the service or advice of a qualified healthcare professional. The Publisher does not purport to give any medical advice and is not qualified to do so. While the Publisher has taken every care to ensure the accuracy of the professional, clinical, and technical components of this audio-visual publication, it accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of following the procedures described or acting on information set out in this audio-visual publication. To the extent permitted by law, the Publisher and the performers expressly disclaims responsibility for and liability in respect of, the accuracy of the content in this audio-visual publication. If you believe that any information is incorrect or misleading please contact Ausmed Education using the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the right to view the video, you have the right to make the video available for viewing by a group or groups whom you are teaching or educating. However, you are not at liberty to reproduce the self-evaluation tools (including test yourself questions), or distribute or make available to non-members of the site any support materials whatsoever. Specifically, you are not allowed to photocopy support material and/or electronically distribute it to third parties. Whilst the number of people within the viewing group is not limited, the ability to reuse content contained in the video is limited. You must ensure that the viewing group is made aware of the terms and conditions which govern your use of the content. Please refer your viewing group to the Ausmed website and its Terms and Conditions. Ausmed confirms that their viewing will be bound by the Terms and Conditions of the Ausmed website's. You are not permitted to make any alterations to the video whatsoever. Nor are you permitted to pass the video off as your own intellectual property. That is to say, you must leave all Ausmed Education recognition on the video and must maintain the authorship attribution as it currently stands.
Viewing of the video outside of Ausmed’s complete learning activity framework does not entitle the viewer to the approved CPD/CNE hours allocated by Ausmed.
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On completion of this Video Learning Activity (VLA) you will be able to:
- Identify how to prepare a patient and ECG machine in order to record a 12 lead ECG
- Locate appropriate positions and apply electrodes according to accepted standard or own organisational guidelines
- Explain the concept of ECG lead views and the related importance of correct electrode placement.
Heather Schubert RN, OAM, Churchill Fellow
Heather Schubert has extensive experience and qualifications in acute care nursing and education including management roles in intensive care units (ICUs) and coronary care units (CCUs). She teaches aspects of cardiac nursing - especially arrhythmias and ECG interpretation, plus trains basic life support instructors and has an interest in assisting all nurses to develop enhanced clinical assessment skills and to take a more active role in the management of emergencies.
Heather was a founding member of the South Australian Branch of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (previously CACCN), is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia and is on the South Australian Committee of the Australian Resuscitation Council. She works as a Consultant Nurse Educator, is a Clinical Associate of the Adelaide University and has taught aspects of emergency and acute care extensively in metropolitan and rural communities throughout South Australia. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2009 for her services to critical care nursing and education in South Australia.