ECG and Pharmacology

American Heart Association ECG and Pharmacology Training

Recommended for: All healthcare professionals and medical personnel who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency, especially those taking ACLS and PALS Courses.  This  course is a great prep course for ACLS and PALS.

The ECG and Pharmacology Class covers:

  • Heart anatomy and electrophysiology
  • How to read a heart monitor and interpret the rhythms
  • 12 Lead ECG placement and overview
  • ECG measurements and arrhythmias
  • What drugs are used during a cardiac event and how to use them
  • ACLS drug basics including dosage, usage, and contraindications

BRN, EMS, and Pharmacy CEs Available!

**This course is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for ACLS and PALS training.

The mandatory student workbook is included in the price of the class.

This class is approximately 6 hours.

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Heart attacks and other types of cardiac events are a leading cause of death and illness in the U.S. In many cases, timely response during cardiovascular emergencies can help prevent death and maintain the patient’s quality of life after the recovery process. SureFire CPR, a leader in CPR and basic first aid training classes, offers an ECG and Pharmacology class for those who want to learn these life-saving skills.

ECG and Pharmacology Class Curriculum

Designed as a prep class for Surefire CPR’s ACLS and PALS training classes, this ECG and Pharmacology class is ideal for healthcare professionals and medical personnel who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency. It covers a wide variety of skills and techniques used to respond to heart and drug-related emergencies. It is recommended for students that are going to take ACLS and PALS for the first time. Learning this information will give you more confidence while taking ACLS and PALS.

In addition to the basics of heart anatomy and electrophysiology, our ECG and Pharmacology class includes information on:

  • How to read a heart monitor and interpret the rhythms
  • ECG measurements and arrhythmias
  • 12-lead ECG placement and overview
  • How and when to use appropriate drugs during a cardiac event
  • ACLS drug basics including dosage, usage, and contraindications

Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course along with Continuing Education units from the Board of Nursing or EMS

Our course is designed for healthcare personnel who participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes professionals who work in emergency response and medicine, as well as doctors, nurses, paramedics and others who require specialized cardiovascular knowledge for their jobs.

History of ECG & Pharmacology

In the first reported case of electronically recording a person’s heartbeat, Alexander Muirhead attached wires to a patient’s wrist at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. This was soon followed by the development of the first electrocardiograph machine, called a “capillary electrometer.” It worked by projecting a traced heartbeat to a photographic plate to record the heartbeat in real time. Further advancements followed, and over time ECGs have evolved from cumbersome laboratory devices to sophisticated electronic systems.

Pharmacology is the branch of medicine and biology that studies drug interactions with the human body. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages. However, it didn’t begin to develop as a full scientific discipline until the mid-19th century, when new high-potency drugs like morphine, quinine and digitalis were increasingly used in medical procedures. Today, pharmacologists harness the power of genetics, molecular biology, and other advanced tools to create new methods for preventative care, diagnostics, and personalized medicine. Whether natural or manmade, a substance that has medicinal properties is considered a pharmaceutical.

What Is ECG?

Electrocardiography, known as ECG or EKG, is the process of recording the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time using electrodes placed on a patient’s body. These electrodes detect the tiny electrical changes on the skin that arise from the heart muscle depolarizing during each heartbeat.

A diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart, an ECG is a relatively simple test to perform. However, interpreting ECG tracing requires skills and training, which is the primary benefit of an ECG and pharmacology class.