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12-Lead EKG & Chest X-Ray Interpretation: Enhancing Assessment Skills for Improved Outcomes

The EKG and Chest X-Ray are the most commonly used procedures for diagnosing a wide variety of cardiac and respiratory conditions, yet even the most seasoned nurses struggle to master interpretation. Watch this live webcast and finally learn to recognize borderline and abnormal findings. In this information-packed program expert, Cheryl Hermann, will teach you easy-to-understand techniques to identify coronary and pulmonary problems you would have previously missed. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to:

  • Analyze QRS axis to determine diagnosis
  • Contrast left anterior and posterior hemiblocks
  • Recognize the location of acute coronary syndromes
  • Interpret chest x-rays for differential diagnosis
  • Perform more efficient and effective patient assessments
  • And most importantly, respond to the patient emergencies associated with each of these changes!

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Analyze EKG changes associated with ischemia, injury and infarction patterns.
  2. Specify the features of right bundle branch block from the features of left bundle branch block.
  3. Evaluate axis deviation and the implications for clinical practice.
  4. Assess common cardiac and pulmonary disorders using the chest x-ray.
  5. Detect the placement of invasive lines on chest x-rays.
  6. Develop a systematic approach to chest x-ray interpretation.
  7. Incorporate the clinical pearls of EKG and chest x-ray interpretation into daily practice.

Outline

Part I: The ABCs of 12-Lead EKG Interpretation

The 12-Lead EKG

  • Cardiac electrical conduction system
  • Electrical vectors
  • Normal polarity & P-QRS-T configuration of each lead

Ace the Axis

  • Left & right axis deviation
  • Causes & criteria
  • Methods of determining axis deviation
  • Clinical applications

Beat the Bundles

  • Right & left bundle branch blocks
  • Causes & complications
  • Left anterior & left posterior hemiblocks

Correlate the Coronary Anatomy

  • The coronary arteries
  • Left ventricular walls
  • Relationship to the 12-lead

Differential Diagnosis in Acute Coronary Syndrome

  • Ischemia, injury & infarction patterns
  • Reciprocal changes
  • STEMI vs. NSTEMI
  • Coronary spasm
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Putting it all Together

  • The 30-second diagnosis
  • Coronary angiographic correlation
  • Presentations, analysis & clinical applications

Advanced Interpretation

  • Atrial & ventricular hypertrophy
  • WPW – Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Prolonged QT intervals

Part II: Chest X-Ray Interpretation as Easy as Black & White

The Chest X-Ray

  • Technique
  • Black & white principles
  • Projections

Systematic Approach

  • Bone structures & Intercostal spaces
  • Soft tissues & vasculature
  • Pleural surfaces
  • Heart & great vessels
  • Invasive lines

As Easy as Black

  • Identifying pneumothorax & subcutaneous emphysema
  • Treatment priorities

As Easy as White

  • Identifying:
    • Pleural Effusion
    • Pulmonary Edema
    • Pneumonia
    • ARDS
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Clinical applications & interventions

Beyond the Basics

  • Identification & Initial Treatment of:
    • Aortic aneurysm
    • Post-op changes with pneumonectomy
    • Esophagogastrectomy
    • Dextrocardia

Copyright : 01/14/2021

Advanced EKG Assessment

The EKG is the most commonly-used procedure for diagnosing a wide variety of cardiac conditions, yet even the most seasoned nurses struggle to master interpretation. In this information-packed program cardiac expert, Cathy Lockett, RN, MHA, BSN, CCRN-K, will teach you easy-to-understand techniques to identify ischemia, injury, infarct and STEMI imposters. Improve your skills and be prepared to respond to the patient emergencies associated with each of these changes.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Evaluate coronary artery perfusion and the relationship to cardiac musculature and the conduction system.
  2. Specify the six limb and precordial leads, the RV lead and three posterior leads.
  3. Utilize a systematic approach to interpret EKGs.
  4. Assess ischemia, injury and infarction pattern on a 12-lead EKG.
  5. Implement new guidelines from the AHA to treat Acute Coronary Syndrome.
  6. Analyze five common STEMI imposters and treatment modalities.

Outline

  • Coronary Artery Perfusion
    • Related to Cardiac Musculature
    • Related to Conduction System
  • 12-Lead EKG
    • Differentiating Limb Leads
    • Recognizing Contiguous Leads
  • 15-Lead EKG
    • Utilizing V7, V8, V9
    • Diagnosing Posterior STEMI
  • Right-Sided EKG
    • Proper Lead Placement
    • Utilizing V4R
    • Diagnosing Right Ventricular Infarct
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Signs & Symptoms
    • EKG Changes
    • Differentiating Ischemia, Injury & Infarct
    • Treatment Modalities for Ischemia & Infarct
  • STEMI Imposters
    • Recognition & Treatment Options

Copyright : 01/18/2018

ABG & Rhythm Analysis Made Easy

Every nurse should be able to interpret ABGs and cardiac rhythms. But, even the most seasoned nurses can struggle to correlate the findings with the patient’s clinical presentation and know what interventions are critical. In this program expert Cyndi Zarbano will provide you with the tips and tools you need to be confident in your analysis and improve outcomes for your patients. 

Program Information

Outline

  • Pulmonary Labs
  • Understanding Acid/Base Compensation
  • Identifying the Abnormal Values in 4 Easy Steps
  • Rhythm Analysis in 5 Steps
  • Tachy Rhythms
  • Fast Fatal Rhythms
  • Practice, Practice, Practice

Objectives

  1. Specify two common causes of ABG abnormalities.
  2. Analyze how the body compensates when the pH is outside of normal limits.
  3. Utilize 5 questions to help identify common rhythm changes.

Copyright : 12/06/2017