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TECH136-0107 : ECG - Electrocardiography Module 1 - Basic Interpretation
Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
January 4 - February 2, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, January 9, 16, and 23; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This is module 1 of a two part course designed to provide a basic knowledge of electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation. Participants completing both modules of this course will be exposed to the basic elements of ECG interpretation (Lead II) including a review of the conduction system of the heart, the ECG/EKG waveform, normal rhythms and cardiac arrhythmias.
Module 1 consists of three (3) real time interactive sessions of ninety (90) minutes each covering discussion of situations; homework reinforcing the handouts and real time sessions; interactive message boards to discuss the real time sessions and homework; and an online final exam. In addition, multiple choice homework quizzes will be given online each week; the goal of the homework is to test the participant's knowledge of the material covered discussed in each session and presented in the handouts.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary technicians and veterinary technician students. Module 1 and Module 2 should both be taken to insure a complete basic understanding of ECG interpretation in the anesthesia, emergency and critical care patient.
Upon completion of TECH136-0107 participants will be able to understand and discuss
TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following:
Week 2: Recording ECG
Content: This week we cover ECG lead placement, patient handling, and how to minimize artifacts. We'll look at ECG paper and standardization (What do all those boxes mean?) and learn how to calculate the heart rate as well as amplitude significance on the wave forms.
Week 3: What's normal for our canine and feline patients?
Content: We will start applying what we have learned about the ECG by looking at normal ECG recordings (especially heart rates and waveforms) for canine and feline patients and begin to compare them to abnormal recordings. Specifically, we will review normal sinus rhythms and normal variations such as sinus arrhythmia and sinus tachycardia.
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 4.5
$83 ($75 early bird special if registered before December 21, 2006)
* Enroll in both ECG Moduless before January 9, 2007 and receive a 15% discount off the regular tuition price
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
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