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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Happy New Year and Welcome! #ECGclass new Term

Spring Term 2014

Welcome back everyone to another year of interactive ECG learning. 
I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely festive break, and wish you all a Very Happy New Year.

Hopefully you all feel charged up and ready to fire off on a whole new year of #ECGclass!!

Over the the Christmas period, I'm delighted to welcome the many new-comers to the @ECGclass Twitter feed and hope you all find it helpful, and relevant. 

So what is #ECGclass all about?

For the benefit of those who are new, here is brief outline of how the two component sites weave in together. 

The two component sites are:

1. This blog Forum

2. Twitter Account @ECGclass leading interactive discussion thread under #ECGclass

Keeping ECG's Simple

The aim of this blog is to improve confidence in ECG interpretation, and to encourage more doctors,  GP's in particular,  to 'have-a-go'. We need to keep the art of ECG interpretation alive and kicking, and remember always, how unreliable digital machine analysis can be.  
Keep 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 ). The 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?

The blog assumes a basic knowledge about heart anatomy, its conducting system, and the views obtained by a 12 -lead ECG.

@ECGclass Twitter Feed

#ECGClass is an interactive discssion on Twitter.

The Twitter account profile '@ECGclass' is used to launch the case and subsequent discussions, using the hashtag #ECGclass.
A new ECG "quizz" is launched most Wednesday evenings, in term time.
On alternate weeks, a summary of the previous week's interactive Twitter discussion is archived on for reflection and review (links provided after each case). Of course, the blog is always available for future reference also.  

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! :-)


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 on the blog - It's really helpful to know how many people are 'out there', finding this class useful.

And don't forget - I'm always looking for guest bloggers to help not only, spread the workload, and keep the class alive, fresh and sustainable. 

For the last 2 years, the @ECGclass 'team' has comprised……well…  
But 2014 brings new excitement! 
There is already have a handful of guest bloggers in the pipeline, to bring fresh ideas.   Skilled clinicians, ranging from final year Medical Students, to experienced Lecturers, and Cardiac Physiologists….are all lined up. So watch this space!
More about the new "team" members in the coming weeks. 

The more the better, to bring diversity to the class - So if you feel you'd like to get involved with basic ECG teaching, or have some interesting ECGs to share please do let me know. 
Feel free to contact me via the blog, or DM me on Twitter via @ECGclass or @hcwetherell.

Thank you.

Enjoy. :)

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