DUTEC 200 Stress, EKG and Auscultation for Echo • 4 Cr.
This course covers cardiac electrical activity and the interpretation of electrocardiograms. The student echocardiographer develops skill in recognizing normal sinus rhythm versus atypical cardiac rhythms. Students learn to interpret common cardiac dysrhythmias, including sinus, atrial, junctional, and ventricular, and integrate this skill into the daily practice of echocardiography. The students will know the stress echo lab procedures including monitoring the patient. Students will learn to perform auscultation of the heart and lungs. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program, completion of DUTEC 155.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Perform 12 lead EKG on a patient at rest and at exercise/pharmaceutical stress
- Identify normal sinus rhythm
- Explain the electrical conduction system in the heart
- Identify abnormal rhythms and rates on an EKG Strip
- Apply current knowledge of cardiac pathologies and how they produce atypical finding on an EKG
- Integrate EKG changes into expectation of findings when performing an echocardiographic exam
- Explain and chart the procedures for a stress echocardiograph to include: maximum workload, duration of exercise, symptoms, BP response, arrhythmias, ST-segment changes, and pharmaceutical use including antidotes
- Perform ausculation of the lung and heart as an aid to diagnosis
- Utilize EKG machine, stethoscope, and blood pressure cuff
- Perform proper blood pressures using a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff with the patient lying down, sitting, standing up and walking in place.
- Correctly document results