This course is designed to acquaint students with a more in-depth understanding of a diagnostic electrophysiology study. The focus is the cardiac stimulation techniques used by EP labs to determine the mechanisms of various arrhythmias. The course addresses arrhythmia mechanisms, the basic diagnostic study, the EP study for VT, the EP study for Syncope and EP studies for a variety of Supraventricular arrhythmias. In addition, specific diagnostic pacing interventions to confirm the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of various arrhythmias will be discussed. Other topics include the mechanisms of various arrhythmias, the interventions into these mechanisms that help to prove the mechanism and the subsequent treatment of these arrhythmias with ablation therapy.
This online Learning Hub (D2L) course is for students in the Cardiac Sciences Electrophysiology Technology Option program. Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisite courses are completed PRIOR to registration. See course description for a list of individual prerequisites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may register for individual courses outside of the program (i.e. continuing education credits). Registration does not imply admission to the program. This course may be subject to cancellation if registration numbers are low.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Successfully interpret at least 80 intra-cardiac electrophysiology studies.
Perform at least 80 diagnostic EP cases (of the 80 cases, 20 are observed, 40 are assisted and 20 are performed independently).
Perform at least 80 interventional EP cases (of the 80 cases, 20 are observed, 40 are assisted and 20 are performed independently).
Prepare and maintain the sterile table for 25 EP cases (of the 25 cases, 5 are observed, 10 are assisted and 10 are performed independently).
Perform at least 15 lead analyses and monitoring during pacemaker/ICD implant (of the 15 cases, 5 are observed, 5 are assisted and 5 are performed independently).
Maintain a log book in which the type of each patient seen is recorded.
General EP clinical skills:
Recognize abnormalities and correlate information obtained from the EP study with other clinical data.
Take a patient history.
Document care delivery.
Apply the principles of electrophysiology during the assessment.
Perform physical assessment of the patient.
Maintain confidentiality of patient records.
Maintain sterility, asepsis and infection control.
Ensure safety and care of electrical equipment and connections to patients.
Perform administration of oxygen and precautions for oxygen use.
Recognize the effects of cardiac drugs on the patient and the ECG (required).
Exercise independent judgment, problem-solving skills, application of knowledge of clinical electrophysiology.
Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and staff.
Effective as of Winter 2014
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