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TECH137-1108 : ECG-Electrocardiography-Basic Interpretation, Module 2

Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

November 3-November 30, 2008
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings, November 6, 13, and 20, 2008; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

This is module 2 of a two part course designed to provide a basic knowledge of 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 is not a pre-requisite for Module 2 but is highly recommended.

Dianne Hudson has been the veterinary technician supervisor of Oklahoma State University's Veterinary School Intensive Care Unit for several years in addition to over 15 years working in and with the anesthesia department. Dianne has had the pleasure of teaching ECG interpretation in a small group setting of a private practice, as a guest lecturer for Murray State College and OSU-OKC veterinary technician programs as well as lecturing as far away as Germany for the European Based Army Veterinary Technicians as well on VSPN CE.

Module 2 consists of three (3) real time interactive sessions of ninety minutes (90) 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. Module 1 and Module 2 should both be taken to insure a complete basic understanding of basic ECG interpretation in the anesthesia, emergency and critical care patient.

Upon completion of this class, the participant should be able to

Overall Goal: Identify and differentiate arrhythmias common to small animal patients.

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following:


Week 1: Five Basic Steps to Interpretation
Content: This lecture will cover basic analysis of ECG recordings to determine if and arrhythmia exist and its possible origin. We will cover how to assess the heart rate and rhythm, and the identification of P waves, the QRS complex, and the P wave and QRS complex relationships.

Week 2: Arrhythmia classifications and their identification
Content: This lecture will cover Supraventricular and Ventricular Impulse Formation Disturbances including the following:

Week 3: Arrhythmia classifications and their identification
Content: This lecture will discuss Impulse Conduction Disturbances including the following: We will also discuss escape rhythms and additional disturbances including rhythms seem with pericardial effusion and potassium elevations.

LIBRARY MATERIALS: 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.


$88 ($79 early bird special if enrolled before October 20, 2008).
*Enroll in both ECG Modules before October 9, 2008 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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