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EKGs: Location, Location, Location

Posted on: June 17, 2005

I’ve been administering Electrocardiogram tests on patients for over 5 years now and I’ve always found them to be quite fickle.

As a tech, you are always trying to be obtain the two heavenly phrases: 1) Normal Sinus Rythm, and 2) Normal ECG.

But there are some things that disrupt a normal rythm (other than obvious heart problems): I have to check the lead placements. The stickers are easier, but are useless if the patient has used lotion in their body; Their jewelry can cause electrical disruption and make a misread; and now, today, I found that sometimes harsh lighting can interrupt the electrical flow needed to make a correct reading!

I’m shocked.

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