An Electrocardiograph (EKG or ECG) Technician operates medical equipment that records and measures heart activity. The measurements are then used to help physicians (such as cardiologists) to diagnose and treat heart problems. EKG/ECG Techs examine the patient’s medical history and medication use and then attach electrodes to the chest, arms, and legs of the patient. The electrodes are used to measure trace electrical impulses that are transmitted by the patient’s heart. This process produces a printout, which can then be used by a physician to help determine diagnoses and appropriate treatment. EKG Techs tend to work in hospitals, cardiac rehabilitation centers, clinics, doctor’s offices etc.
- Role of the EKG Technician
- Function of the EKG Department in a variety of
- settings (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
- Introduction to medical terminology
- Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
- Care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects
- Anatomy of the heart, conduct ion system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
- Electrical conduction system of the heart
- Cardiac cycle (electric system)
- EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form interpretation)
- Normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardis, sinus tachycardia
- Basic EKG interpretation, sinus rhythm, and
- Ventricular rhythms, asystole; example rhythm
- Recognizing artifacts; troubleshooting, tracing problems
- Practice EKG strips; EKG rhythms
- Preparing a patient for EKG
- 12 lead EKGs (interpretation and troubleshooting)
- 12 lead placement
Other roles for the EKG Technician
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