CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 885059663
Demonstrate Holter monitor procedures.
Demonstration should include the following:
- Calculate patient heart rate from the ECG tracing (e.g., 6-second method, R to R, sequencing).
- Identify artifacts from the tracing (e.g., wandering baseline, somatic, electrical).
- Resolve artifacts from the tracing (e.g., wandering baseline, somatic, electrical).
- Record leads on a patient (e.g., 3-lead, 5-lead, 12-lead).
- Verify the leads recorded on an ECG.
- Upload a completed ECG to a patient’s electronic medical record.
- Mount a completed ECG for a patient’s chart.
- Measure a patient’s heart rhythm from the ECG tracing.
- Inspect the waveforms of a cardiac cycle for symmetry, direction, and amplitude (e.g., P waves, QRS complexes, ST segments, T waves).
- Measure a patient’s heart conduction from the ECG tracing (e.g., PR-interval [PRI], QRS duration, QT-interval).
- Identify the major classifications of arrhythmias from the ECG tracing (e.g., sinus, atrial, ventricular, junctional).
- Identify the major variances to waveforms related to ischemia, injury, or infarction.
- Respond to potentially life-threatening arrhythmias.
- Verify ECG machine paper speed (e.g., 25mm, 50mm).
- Verify ECG machine sensitivity (e.g., h, 1, 2).
- Maintain ECG equipment in the work environment.
- Recognize pacemaker spikes on an ECG tracing.
- What are the components of an ECG?
- What is an artifact?
- What is meant by a 5-lead ECG?
- What is the difference between a P wave and QRS complex?
- What causes an arrhythmia?
- What variances in waves are present with ischemia?
- Why is a baseline reading important?
- What are two life-threatening arrhythmias and their treatments?
- How do you put paper in the ECG machine?
- How do you recognize a malfunction of the ECG machine?