1 - 3 Sep 2021

Cardiac Care Concepts: ECG Interpretation Explained Seminar

11h 45m
QRC: 4238
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Why Attend

Does your work require you to perform 12-lead ECGs? Do you feel confident in interpreting basic and advanced cardiac rhythms, and recognising ECG changes? Is it time you had a refresher on the use of ECGs? If so, then these two highly evaluated study days are for you. This seminar will bring you up-to-date and refresh your knowledge on this key component of a cardiac assessment. It includes:

  • A review of the relevant anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology that are key to cardiac function
  • Basic and advanced interpretation of a standard 12-lead ECG
  • How to recognise ECG changes that suggest acute cardiac injury
  • What life-threatening arrhythmias look like and the actions you should take
  • Unusual ECG abnormalities and other advanced concepts
  • Gain knowledge and confidence to apply these skills to your practice immediately. Book now!


    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Welcome and Overview of Seminar


    Review of Cardiac Electrophysiology

    In order to interpret electrocardiograms (ECGs), it is essential that you understand the underlying electrophysiology and conductive mechanisms of the heart and how they impact on the heart's function. This introductory session will set the scene for the two-day program. It will rapidly refresh and review your knowledge of:

    • The cardiac conduction system
    • The various ECG waveforms and intervals
    • The components of a normal sinus rhythm
    • How to record the perfect 12-lead ECG
    • Einthoven’s triangle
    • ECG vectors and R wave progression

    10:45am - Morning Tea


    12 Lead ECG Changes Associated with Acute Coronary Syndromes

    This session will help you accurately and efficiently interpret a 12-lead ECG of a patient experiencing an acute coronary syndrome. It will help you understand:

    • The different ECG changes associated with myocardial ischaemia, injury and infarction
    • Peaked and inverted T waves
    • ST elevation and depression
    • Pathological Q waves
    • Reciprocal ECG changes
    • When it is important to perform posterior and right ventricular ECGs
    • How to interpret posterior and right ventricular ECGs
    • Which coronary artery may be involved
    • The differences between STEMI and NSTEMI management

    12:45pm - Lunch and Networking


    Chamber Hypertrophy and Enlargement

    This interesting session looks at the impact of chamber hypertrophy and cardiac enlargement on ECG traces, as well as how to recognise axis deviation. This session will cover:

    • Left and right atrial enlargement
    • Left and right ventricular hypertrophy
    • Causes of axis deviation
    • Calculation and interpretation of ECG axis

    2:45pm - Afternoon Tea


    Bundle Branch and Fascicular Blocks

    This session will aid you in identifying right and left bundle branch blocks and fascicular blocks on an ECG trace. Learn how to understand clearly the distinctive features of:

    • Right bundle branch blocks
    • Left bundle branch blocks
    • Anterior fascicular blocks
    • Posterior fascicular blocks
    • Bi-fascicular blocks
    • Tri-fascicular blocks

    4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Review of Day One and Overview of Day Two


    Narrow Complex Tachyarrhythmias

    This comprehensive session will explore the distinctive features associated with diagnosing the following narrow complex tachyarrhythmias:

    • Sinus tachycardia
    • Atrial tachycardia
    • Junctional tachycardia
    • Rapid atrial fibrillation
    • Atrial flutter
    • Supraventricular tachycardia
    • AV nodal reentrant tachycardia


    Wide complex tachyarrhythmias

    This challenging session will explore the distinctive features associated with diagnosing the following wide complex tachyarrhythmias:

    • Ventricular tachycardia
    • Ventricular fibrillation
    • Supraventricular tachycardia with aberrancy

    11:00am - Morning Tea


    Bradyarrhythmias and Heart Blocks

    This interesting session will explore the distinctive features associated with diagnosing heart blocks and various bradyarrhythmias, including:

    • First, second and third degree AV heart blocks
    • First, second and third degree SA exit heart blocks
    • Sinus pauses and sinus arrests
    • Sinus bradycardia
    • Junctional rhythms
    • Idioventricular rhythm
    • Asystole

    1:00pm - Lunch and Networking


    Unique Cardiac Abnormalities and ECG Patterns

    This challenging session will look at some unique cardiac abnormalities and patterns that may be evident on a 12-lead ECG. This session will explore ECG changes associated with:

    • Various electrolyte abnormalities
    • Atrial and ventricular ectopic patterns
    • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
    • Pulmonary embolisms
    • Abnormal QT and QTc intervals

    3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Final Practice Session

    This session will initially provide an overall summary for management of various arrhythmias based on the current Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines. Then, test how much you have learned from the entire two-day program and ask any final questions to ensure you have absolute clarity in regard to this important nursing skill.

    4:45pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


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    Sue de Muelenaere

    Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient.

    Need for Program

    The 12-lead ECG remains a cornerstone of cardiac assessment. Nurses are increasingly involved in both performing and evaluating ECGs. However, interpretation can be difficult due to the complex nature of the underlying pathology and its manifestation on an ECG. Attending this seminar will build on your existing knowledge and assist you to understand ECGs and therefore improve patient outcomes.

    Purpose of Program

    The purpose of this seminar is to provide all nurses with an opportunity to learn how to perform and interpret a high-quality diagnostic standard 12-lead ECG as part of an overall cardiac assessment, and to improve patient outcomes for people who display complex cardiac arrhythmias by increasing the ability to understand and interpret advanced ECGs.

    Your learning outcomes

    • Apply an understanding of normal cardiac function and electrophysiology to a cardiac assessment
    • Discuss the nursing actions required for patient preparation and the recording of a diagnostic standard 12-lead ECG
    • Determine the cause of complex cardiac arrhythmias and how to identify them on ECG traces
    • Appraise and consolidate skills in basic and advanced ECG interpretation and the differentiation of abnormal cardiac rhythms through case discussion and practice

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    Cardiac Care Concepts: ECG Interpretation Explained Seminar

    11h 45m
    QRC: 4238
    Mercure Hotel Brisbane
    Brisbane, QLD, 4000
    Price: $559.00