Basic EKG Interpretation and its Implication in Therapy

This course is for Fairview Employees only.
This course is now full and on a waiting list only.

Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA
Course Level: Beginner Level
Date: May 15, 2012
Check in Time: 5:30-6 p.m.
Class Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: 2450 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Held in the Brennan Center located on Lobby Level

Contact Hours: 2.0

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Christine Peterson, OTR/L, CES,
graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1988. She was certified as an exercise specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine in 1993. Christine has 20 years of experience working as a cardiac rehabilitation therapist in-patient and out-patient settings. She has lectured on "Assessing and Interpreting Vital Signs" for the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Minnesota and participated in developing and teaching a weekend course for Fairview Rehab Services, entitled "Topics in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation".

Course description
This two hour course will cover basic information about the electrocardiogram starting with a review of the electrophysiology of the cardiac cycle and how it is displayed as an EKG tracing. After reviewing normal EKG tracings and parameters for each component, we will discuss different types of arrhythmia with an emphasis on implications for the therapy session. There will be an opportunity to practice newly learned skills using case studies while reviewing actual EKG tracings.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize normal sinus rhythm
  • Identify normal ranges for the components of the EKG tracing
  • Identify three common arrhythmias
  • Recognize the clinical significance of abnormalities observed on the EKG tracing
  • State two precautions for exercise with the patient in atrial fibrillation

5:30-6 p.m.          Check in/registration
6-6:30 p.m.          Cardiac electrophysiology and the EKG
6:30-7 p.m.          Rhythm recognition
7-7:30 p.m.          Symptom monitoring and clinical significance of common arrhythmias
7:30-8 p.m.          Practice reading EKG's and case studies

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for Category I credits. Approval number not yet assigned.

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