My ECG content has been a bit lacking on the site, mainly because so many other sites do it so well, but alas you will get ECG’s in the exam, I got two in the VAQ and one in the SCE, and none of them were easy, so I’ve decided to beef up the ECG quota and get teaching.
As the ED Consultant you are the last bastion of ECG diagnosis in the ED, and if you don’t have a list of “if I miss it, no-one else will pick it & the patient may die” ECG’s then fear not, in this 2-part video whiteboard session I run through 6 of the most serious and subtle ECG’s that you can’t afford to miss, in the exam, or in real-life! Of course there’s ischemic ECG’s, electrolyte abnormalities and toxicologocal ECG’s, and I’d hope by now you can pick those, but here is a collection of rare but important ECG’s that frequently get missed (one of these cropped up in my written exam, and the pass rate was around 30% – go back to the 2009.1 writtens to see which one it was), so don’t be slack, watch & learn, & you may just save someone’s life one day with this knowledge!
Every time I see a patient with syncope, unexplained collapse or altered conscious state – I run through this list, it applies to children and adults.
NB: Videos best watched in Full Screen Mode (click on bottom right corner of video player)
Don’t Miss These ECG’s – Part 1
Don’t Miss These ECG’s – Part 2