Perform Electrocardiography (ECG) Program

1 day course $325.00 (per student inc gst)

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Competency Code HLTCAR001

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test that detects cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. The machine that records the patient’s ECG is called an electrocardiograph.

The electrocardiograph records the electrical activity of the heart muscle and displays this data as a trace on a screen or on paper.

An ECG may be requested for a patient experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and fast or irregular heartbeats (palpitations). ECGs are often performed to monitor the health of patients who have been diagnosed with heart problems, to help assess artificial cardiac pacemakers or to monitor the effects of certain medications on the heart.

The standard 12-lead electrocardiogram is a representation of the heart’s electrical activity recorded from 10 electrodes placed in standard positions on the body surface.

Course outline

Perform electrocardiography (ECG) is a short course designed to develop the knowledge and skill required to perform an ECG correctly to allow for accurate interpretation.

On successful completion of this learning package, students will have an understanding of how the 12-lead ECG is produced, be able to prepare the patient and all required equipment,  attach the ECG electrodes correctly, perform an ECG tracing and be able to recognise ECG rhythms that require urgent medical attention.

It is especially relevant to practice nurses, pathology technicians, emergency nurses, and community, regional, rural and remote nurses.

There are no pre requisites for entry to the Perform ECG Program.

Onsite Course Delivery

Due to the specialist nature of this program and the need to provide specialist facilitation, this program can only be booked as a private onsite program.

The cost includes delivery for a group of a minimum of 12 students including the provision of equipment and assessment and excludes venue and catering.

Onsite courses offer organisations the opportunity to book and schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their own staff. Onsite courses booked with The Benchmarque Group can be contextualised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and can be scheduled for a date and time to best suit your staff.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Perform ECG Program costs $3900.00 per course.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?

    10 CPD Hours.

    For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 10 CPD Hours.

    For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

  • Can I only book this as a complete course?

    Yes. Due to the specialist nature of the Perform ECG Program and the need to provide specialist facilitation, this program can only be booked as an onsite program.

  • Why would my organisation book an onsite course?

    Onsite courses offer organisations the opportunity to book and schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their own staff. Onsite courses booked with The Benchmarque Group can be contextualised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and can be scheduled for a date and time to best suit your staff.

    Onsite courses are often used as an opportunity to create whole of organisation change in managing certain clinical procedures, screening activities and outcomes.

  • How many people can come?

    The cost of $3900.00 allows you to invite up to 12 students.

  • How long does the course take?

    The course is delivered in a 3 hour workshop. You can choose a date and time to suit your group.

  • What if I cannot fill the course?

    You can still book the course for delivery even if you have less than 12 students. Even if the course was half full, it still represents outstanding value for money for onsite delivery.

  • What do I receive at the completion of the program?

    On successful completion of this course participants will receive a Nationally Accredited Statement of Attainment for Performing ECG (Code HLTCAR001).

    A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

  • Will I need to do a test?

    Yes. As a nationally accredited course, we are required to gain evidence of your competency.

    How do you gain evidence of competency?

    We assess competency in 2 ways.

    During the workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
    You are required to complete the assessment portfolio and submit for assessment.

  • What happens if I fail?

    If you do not achieve a result deemed to be competent, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.

  • How long does the assessment take?

    If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your face to face workshop, it should take you no more than 1 hour to complete.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment?

    If you are unable to complete your assessment you can contact us and we may be able to assist you.

  • Am I required to provide feedback?

    Yes. At the start and finish of your workshop, you will be asked to provide feedback. It is very important that you assist us by completing these feedback sheets to enable us to improve our courses and future delivery of programs.

Snapshot

Course Outline

Perform electrocardiography (ECG) is a short course designed to develop the knowledge and skill required to perform an ECG correctly to allow for accurate interpretation. On successful completion of this learning package, students will have an understanding of how the 12-lead ECG is produced, be able to prepare the patient and all required equipment, attach the ECG electrodes correctly, perform an ECG tracing and be able to recognise ECG rhythms that require urgent medical attention.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this learning package, students
will:
Have an understanding of how the 12-lead ECG is produced
Be able to prepare the ECG machine for use
Be able to prepare the client to obtain an ECG
Attach the ECG electrodes correctly
Perform an ECG tracing
Be able to recognise ECG rhythms that require urgent medical attention

Units of Competency

• HLTCAR001 Perform Electrocardiography (ECG)

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Allied Health Worker
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• Half day face to face workshop (approx. 4 hours)
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ.

Estimated hours of study

10 hours of active learning

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in the course participants must: Achieve 80% pass in all written assessments tasks.

After demonstration and practice, participants are given 3 attempts to demonstrate competency in performing an ECG, these can be performed in a realistic simulated environment or workplace.

If unsuccessful after 3 attempts the participant is given further education and skills training before reattempting the clinical skills tasks.

What to expect

The study day involves a lecture followed by facilitator demonstration then practice prior to each student performing a ECG in a simulated scenario assessed by the facilitator.

What to bring

All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful, and eye glasses, if required, for close work.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

Endorsements

The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)