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Friday, 13 July 2012

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Keeping ECG's Simple


The aim of this blog is to improve confidence in ECG interpretation, and encourage more doctors, especially GP's,  to 'have-a-go'. Keeping it simple - but safe!

There is already a wealth of excellent blogs and social media outlets, for the more acute-care ECG interpretation (all that really clever stuff ). My intention is to keep this site purely for those every-day-ECG's which are thrown in front of us in General Practice, by our diligent Practice nurses.
Which of those "incidental" ECG's do we need to action?

I will assume a basic knowledge about heart anatomy, its conducting system, and the views obtained by a 12 -lead ECG.

What is #ECGclass all about?



#ECG Class is an educational blog which runs alongside Twitter.
A new ECG "quizz" is launched most Wednesday evenings, in term time. 

Cases are generally aimed at Primary Care.  All scenarios are completely fictitious, but based on commonly occurring presentations in General Practice. 
This is an educational site, intended for healthcare professionals and shouldn't be construed as patient advice. 

Please use the Hashtag #ECGclass on Twitter, if you want to ask the patient any questions, or request any further investigations. Alternatively, please join in discussion and leave comments below.

Remember there are no right or wrong answers!  

ECG interpretation is often open to debate, and will usually evolve and change as new information becomes available.  Everyone's opinion is valid, and useful for others, as the evolution process takes place.  Together we will try and form an interpretation based on the trace, and information, we have in front of us.  Don't worry if you disagree - shout up and share your thoughts - the diagnosis is often arguable on the basis of a 12 lead trace, and may only become more obvious when a longer rhythm strip is available. 

Please feel free to join in, but most important of all, have fun! :-)

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If you feel confident enough to join in, that's fantastic, but equally its great if you just prefer to watch and learn quietly.

Please feel free to leave any comments - It's really helpful to know how many people are 'out there', finding this class useful.

Acknowledgments

I'd especially like to thank Jo Yaldren, and all contributors to her Diploma Module "ECG Interpretation for General Practitioners" offered at Teesside University Department of Health and Social Care, for giving me the motivation and confidence to embark on this blog.  I can highly recommend this module for those interested:

http://www.tees.ac.uk/parttime_courses/Health_&_Social_Care/University_Certificate_in_Continuing_Education_ECG_Interpretation_for_General_Practitioners.cfm

Tweet to Jo directly for more information: @JYaldren.

The majority of the ECG's on this blog are my own, but I would also like to thank the following for kindly allowing me to 'pinch' some of their images where necessary:
www.FRCA. co.uk
www.ECGpedia.org (J. De Jong)
www.ECGlibrary.com (Dean Jenkins)
www.wikiward.com
www.ecg.utah.edu (Frank G. Yanowitz)

Some Quiz ECGs' will follow on over the next few blogs! 

Have fun and enjoy :)

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