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Course Outlines

CARD 4203 Concepts in Pacemakers

School School of Health Sciences
Program Cardiology Technology
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date January 04, 2021
End Date March 26, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites 60% in CARD 3330 and CARD 3252 and CARD 3360* (* may be taken concurrently) and CARD 3360** (** must be taken concurrently)
CRN 41214

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Robin Wolfe
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location NE1 - 101
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Includes indications, technology, electrophysiology, programmability, modes, hemodynamics, rate-modulated implantable cardioverter defibrillator and anticardia devices, implantation and patient followup.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the more advanced normal function and algorithms of the DDD pacemaker and identify environmental conditions that could interfere with appropriate functions. (1.4e, p)
  • Describe pacemaker clinical follow-up procedures including threshold testing and concepts involved in device programming and list indications for remote patient follow-up. (1.4 f ,k & j &q)
  • Explain the intraoperative electrical evaluation of the implanted pacing system.(1.4 b & c)
  • Identify guidelines for pacemakers, ICD and CRT implantations and describe the indications. (1.4 a)
  • Describe wound care and inspection. (1.4 d)
  • Describe appropriate/recommended recall/advisory strategies. (1.4 l)
  • Observe for and assess the physical signs and symptoms of pacemaker system complications. (1.4 l)
  • Analyze telemetry and diagnostics. (1.4i)
  • Analyze and interpret research studies.
  • Understand the considerations of magnet application. (1.4g)
  • Identify indications for temporary pacing. (4.4 b & d)
  • Apply knowledge of various temporary pacing methods including transthoracic and transvenous. (4.4 c & e)
  • Identify techniques used for lead extraction. (4.4 a )

Learning Resources

Hayes, D. Asirvatham S., Friedman, P., (2013). Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation and Resynchronization: A clinical approach. Third edition. (Wiley-Blackwell:London)

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment 110
Assignment 210
Assignment 310
Discussion Participation10 Weekly discussion posts
Midterm exam25 Modules 1 -6
Final exam35 Modules 1 - 10

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I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Robin Wolfe, Faculty
January 08, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Treena Cardiff, Acting Associate Director
January 08, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.