Aug 15, '11
by Emergency RN
Quote from akulahawk
Given a choice of one OR the other, I'd go with ACLS first. There is some basic, rudimentary EKG stuff there, but they're right: it's for being able to follow the correct algorithm. Once you have the ACLS stuff down, then go for the Basic EKG if you're looking for a job in a unit that does EKG monitoring. You'll learn more stuff and be better able to see changes that may indicate pre-code stuff is going on. It's much easier to prevent the code than it is to work it.
That's the sequence I'd do it in. While you could do it the other way, yes, you'd be good at recognizing the lethal arrythmias, a Basic EKG class in and of itself won't teach you how to run a code.
Hmmm... No offense, but I beg to differ. I think the OP was talking basic
EKG (eg what is PQRST) and not advanced
(hemiblocks, ischemia, infarct, arrhythmias). IMHO, if you're able to successfully master ACLS, there frankly isn't much more that any basic EKG course could teach you. Advanced courses, such as 12 Lead EKG interpretation, goes beyond and uses the fundamentals taught in ACLS and expands on therefrom.
Last edit by Emergency RN on Aug 15, '11