5-Lead ECG Placement and Cardiac Monitoring

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An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a non-invasive method of monitoring the electrophysiology of the heart. An ECG involves the placement of electrodes onto the patient’s torso and/or limbs. The electrodes are connected to an electrocardiograph, which displays a pictorial representation of the patient’s cardiac activity.

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In order to accurately and correctly assess a patient using 5-lead monitoring, it is necessary to understand how ECG works, know how to prepare the patient and be able to follow the standardised system for electrodes and their placements.


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Doug Dennis
31 Jul 2021
Excellent resource, clearly explained underlying rationales
Sarah beech
02 May 2023
Good read
Fatema Hassib
16 May 2023
Quick and easy
Angela Brannan
22 Apr 2020
this resource cemented some knowledge that I already had. It also added to my knowledge by explaining what each lead represented and the correct preparation a positioning of the leads.
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Natasha Ingham
11 Jun 2022
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Very helpful, easily understood
Jeanette Kenning
01 May 2020
Simple but effective demonstration of 5 lead cardiac monitoring.
Ruth Curtis
21 Apr 2020
clear and concise
Sharon Field
12 May 2023
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Bronwyn Kriek
02 May 2020
Very clear presentation.
Lance Dean
02 Jan 2022
Relevant resource.
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