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All MIHS hospital nursing staff must complete an EKG test with a score of at least 80% upon hire. All hospital RNs are tested annually. This includes recognizing the rhythms, measuring the intervals, and knowing the appropriate treatment/algorithm according to American Heart Association. This is basic ACLS/PALS information, nothing new. In addition to this study packet, there are multiple websites that can be accessed on the internet from which to study. These can be found with a google search for EKG strips.
Right Arm & Left Arm electrodes
should be placed just below each
Right Leg & Left Leg electrodes
should be placed on a non-muscular
surface on the lower edge of the
Center electrode should be placed
4th ICS, right of the sternum for
Each lead consists of a positive pole and a negative pole. An EKG lead provides a particular view
of the hearts electrical activity between the 2 poles. The direction in which the electric current
flows determines how the waveforms appear on the EKG tracing.
record of the electrical
activity of the heart