This module aims to provide nursing, medical, and allied health professionals with a detailed understanding of the electrocardiogram (ECG) and its analysis and interpretation in clinical contexts in the care of adult patients. The module has been developed to enable practitioners to gain knowledge of the theoretical principles underpinning the ECG to enable a deeper level of understanding of clinically important abnormalities that will enhance the care of the acutely ill cardiovascular patient.
The module facilitates the development of clinical skills in cardiovascular assessment and ECG interpretation in clinical practice, as well as the ability to appraise and critique current evidence. The practitioner will also have the opportunity to develop skills in reflecting on their own practice.
The content of the module reflects the priorities for care identified by the North of England Cardiovascular Network (2012) and NICE (2007) guidelines for recognition and response to acute illness in adults in hospital.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed level of knowledge and understanding in relation to cardiac physiology and pathophysiology.
Accurately and systematically interpret and distinguish between a wide variety of normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms and 12 lead ECGs.
Critically evaluate the evidence-based use and limitations of ECG interpretation to support recommendations in patient care.
Evaluate and critically analyse the principles of ECG interpretation and the application of problem solving in making sound clinical judgements.
Independently integrate knowledge, clinical information, problem solving and physical examination skills with sound diagnostic reasoning and patient management in the care of the cardiovascularly unstable patient.