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12 Lead ECG Crammer Course Information

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About the 12 Lead ECG Crammer Course

This programme has been written to meet the needs of student and newly registered Paramedics and Nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, Voluntary Aid Society Responders, Health Care Assistants and anyone with a personal or professional interest in expanding their knowledge of ECG capture and interpretation.

The course will be of particular interest to Registered Health Professionals such as Pharmacists and Physiotherapists entering the urgent or primary care sectors with a responsibility for assessing, referring, treating or discharging service users with medical conditions.

This intensive 1-day course will offer delegates the ability to confidently recognise normal and abnormal 12 lead ECGs, successfully interpret and diagnose many common arrhythmia and conditions, and improve patient safety by ensuring those undertaking 12 lead capture and/or interpretation appropriately treat, refer or seek senior support.

Entry Requirements

Delegates should be employed in a healthcare field or studying towards a healthcare qualification with a responsibility for capturing and/or interpreting 12 lead EGCS.

Delegates should be familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the heart and have some basic knowledge of ECG interpretation.


On completion of the course delegates will be issued with a certificate of attendance.


  • The systematic approach to 12 lead ECG interpretation
  • History taking and clinical examination findings
  • The ECG in Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
  • Arrhythmia recognition and management
  • Subtleties and pitfalls

Course Programme

08:30 - 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction
09:15 - 09:45 A look at fundamentals- Electrical conduction in the heart, lead placement, ECG paper, print speeds, measurement of rate
09:45 - 10:30 Cardiac axis

10:30 - 10:50 Break- Tea and Coffee
10:50 - 11:30 Systematic interpretation of the normal ECG
11:30 - 11:50 Life threatening conditions- VF, Asystole, PEA, agonal rhythm
11:50 - 12:30 Tachyarrhythmia- Sinus tachycardia, Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), Ventricular Tachycardia (VT), Torsades de Pointes (TdP)

12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:20 Atrial fibrillation (AF), Atrial Flutter
13:20 - 14:00 Bradyarrhythmia and heart block recognition- Bradycardia (normal or abnormal), 1st degree block, 2nd degree (Mobitz type I and II) blocks, 3rd degree block
14:00 - 14:30 Acute Myocardial Infarction

14:30 - 14:50 Break- Tea and Coffee
14:50 - 15:15 Acute Myocardial Infarction
15:15 - 15:45 Bundle Branch Blocks- Left and Right
15:45 - 16:00 Pericarditis
16:00 - 17:00 Case studies and self-test
17:00 Close

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