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Learning Objectives

  • Placement of EKG leads
  • Position patient properly to ensure accurate EKG readings

Course Description

This course teaches to how to place EKG leads and position patients properly to ensure accurate EKG readings.

  • Identify the proper placement of EKG leads
  • Explain how lead and placement positioning can affect EKG tracings
  • Describe how to handle electrodes
  • Differentiate between common EKG tracings

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of Marin Sawyer, Cora Bennett, Kim Tillery, Rebecca Porcaro, and Priscilla Mullins

Did You Know...

  • About half of all heart attacks are mistaken for less serious problems and can increase your risk of dying from coronary artery disease.
  • A silent heart attack, known as a silent myocardial infarction (SMI), account for 45% of heart attacks and strike men more than women.
  • SMI often leaves scarring and damage to the heart, which, combined with the fact that many people who have an SMI don’t seek immediate care, can further raise a person’s risk of a second and potentially more harmful heart attack.

Course at a Glance

target audience icon Target Audience:

Clinical Support Staff

time to complete icon Time to Complete:

20-30 Minutes

contributor icon Contributor:

Texas Health Resources

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