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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Introduction - What's it all about?

ECG class is changing...

ECGclass was born in 2012 and until 2014 was run single-handedly. 

Since then it has gown enormously in popularity and guest bloggers started to join in and bring fresh ideas. Class leads ranged from final year medical students to GPs, experienced lecturers and cardiac physiologists. 

2016 will now see the next phase of ECGclass evolution....
There are some exciting changes ahead, so watch this space!

For the benefit of new followers, here is brief outline of how the two component sites have worked to date. 

The two component sites are:

1. This blog Forum - ECGclass - 'Keeping ECGs Simple'
2. Twitter Account @ECGclass leading interactive discussion thread under #ECGclass

Please note - This is an educational site, intended for healthcare professionals and shouldn't be construed as patient advice. 

Keeping ECG's Simple

'ECGclass - Keeping  ECGs Simple' is an educational blog which runs alongside Twitter.
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.  
But which of the 'incidental' ECG abnormalities 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 case quiz is launched Wednesday evenings in term time, via @ecgclass, and a conversation/discussion around the case evolves on #ECGclass during the course of the evening. 

Each term will be divided into 5 'classes' or 'cases' to discuss:



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. 

If joining in on Twitter - 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. 

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

I hope you'll feel able to join in, but most important of all - have fun! :-)

Thank you.

Enjoy. :)

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