As both technology and our geriatric population grows, paramedics are now treating more patients with internal pacemaker/internal cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) than ever before. But, how much do we actually *know* about these lifesaving devices?
Can we dig deeper into the ECG and instead of thinking, “Oh *!%$*! pacemaker spikes!” actually know what’s going on with our patient? Absolutely.
This continuing education covers a whole host of pacemaker, ICD, and even bundle branch block information to help you better understand and care for your patient. See what medical conditions warrant a pacemaker, the devices we may see in the field, how to recognize problems with the pacemaker itself, and explore the modified Sgarbossa’s criteria to increase your suspicion of a STEMI in both pacemaker and left bundle branch block patients.
Step 1: Media: Download and read the pdf file (8.2 MB). Get it here: Digging Deeper into Pacemakers and ICDs.pdf
Step 2: Take the Quiz at QuestBase. Log into your QuestBase account at www.questbase.com/a/umcems. If you don’t have a free account yet, please visit our Contact Us page for information on how to obtain one. Once you’ve logged in, look for the CE entitled:”Digging Deeper into Pacemakers and ICDs”
Step 3: Education you’ll earn upon successful completion:
- Texas state:
- 1 hour paramedic-level credit for the Medical component
- NREMT for NCCP requirements: 1 hour
- Paramedic: Individual or Local Continued Competency (may be used as Local if designated as such by the individual’s EMS service)