One might assume you could take what you’re proficient at with static cardiology and walk into dynamic cardiology and be good to go. Wrong. Remember the AED station during your EMT practicals? The proctors want to see that you’re capable of operating your monitor and are able to treat cardiac patients who are going in and out of ACLS related arrhythmias.
Attacking these scenarios is doable. Practice and train like you fight. Over and over again. When the time comes to perform the skill, follow these steps, and BE SURE TO ACTIVELY LISTEN TO THE PROCTOR:
In this station, you’re tasked with showing the proctor you know how to correctly diagnose a rhythm strip and then state your treatment of the patient experiencing that arrhythmia. Attacking these scenarios is easy, just follow these steps in order:
In this article, we are going to discuss some common EKG interpretations that are beneficial for EMT-Basics to understand in the field. Although performing electrocardiographic rhythm interpretation is outside of the EMT scope of practice, having a basic understanding can be advantageous during calls so that you have a better grasp on what is going on with the patient. REMEMBER: ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR LOCAL PROTOCOLS!!
First, let's look at what a normal heart rhythm looks like and then we will look at some common morphologies that may indicate the need for treatment.
Normal Sinus Rhythm (NSR)
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Bundle Branch Blocks Study Guide
One of the more confusing topics for EMS students enrolled in an Electrophysiology course is that of Bundle Branch Blocks. They can be sneaky, they can mask things, and they can also be hard to diagnose if don’t remember a few key things. This study guide will prepare you for the material you will be tested on and give you some tips and tricks for the field.
As you can recall, when an impulse is traveling normally, it is sent from the SA node, through the intermodal pathways, to the AV node, down the bundle of His, to the right and left bundle branches, to the respective fascicles, and into the purkinje fibers....