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Is the a free 12 Lead EKG online?

Nurses   (149 Views | 4 Replies)

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Hear me out. I recall reading about someone who learned how to build a windmill from a Youtube video and with scraps and determination, brought electricity to his home in Africa (William Kamkwamba on TED talk). So why can't I learn 12 lead EKG from the same source? Does this exist or do I just find something nearby and dig into the piggy bank?

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brownbook has 35 years experience.

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Have you looked at YouTube for how to read EKGS?  I'm not going to do your homework for you 😂, but I would be very surprised if there weren't many free videos about how to read 12 lead EKGS.

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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I'm kind of confused by you post OP, what's your question? Yes there are a ton of free resources online to help a person learn how to read a strip. A quick google will turn up lots of learning tools, and IMO the best to practice are the random strip generators.

So can you learn to read them without taking a class? Quite possibly. The more important question is can you be certain what you learned online is correct without some sort of formal training and certification. 

This is kind of an important skill, don't you think?  Learning it correctly by taking a formal class and being tested on your skills is probably worth digging into your piggy bank.

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How to read, yes, I'm looking at how to do. Run the test equipment, where to place the leads, etc.

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brownbook has 35 years experience.

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Yes,  You Tube videos will go over where to place the leads.

Different equipment may vary on what buttons to push, how to enter the patient's name, age, sex, etc.,  but the machines are  usually fairly easy, user friendly.   

If you know the name of the EKG machine you will be, or are, working with you can probably go to their web site. I wouldn't be surprised if they had how to videos.

Where are you, or will you, be working?  Reading 12 lead EKG's is fun, interesting, nice for a nurse to know, but not essential.  If you work where you obtain 12 leads every day you may become proficient but a doctor/cardiologist will still have to verify.  As a cardiologist said to me..."Ask 10 cardiologists what an EKG indicates and you will get 20 answers".

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