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Easy ECG is a simple, user-friendly application that helps the user interpret cardiac rhythms in Lead 2 by having the user answer a series of simple questions based on the presence, absence, or measurement of various characteristics on a patient’s ECG printout. While all possible rhythms are not included, 40 of the most common rhythms seen by pre-hospital providers are included, and can be identified by answering less than 10 yes or no questions. While it is intended for case review or studying, EasyECG is written to be easy enough to allow someone with no ECG training to interpret an ECG rhythm.
Other ECG apps out there were written by physicians and go into cardiologist-level detail in interpreting ECGs. EasyECG was written by a practicing street paramedic for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, firefighters, residents, and students of all levels to have a simple, quick, easy to use interface for interpretation. This app does not include sample rhythms for interpretation, as that is not its purpose; the purpose is to help the user correctly interpret an ECG rhythm.
DIRECTIONS: Examine the Lead 2 tracing of a patient’s ECG, and answer questions in the app based on what is seen on the patient’s ECG printout. In some cases, a sample ECG complex with the characteristic in question highlighted in green will appear under the question to clarify what is being asked (not every question has a sample image, only certain questions). All questions have an info button if additional clarification is needed, and the info button on the final rhythm determination gives a description of what is occurring in the electrical conduction system of heart to cause that rhythm. A definitions list is accessible from the main menu that explains the physiology behind each rhythm included and explains what is occurring in the heart with each wave in an ECG tracing.
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Cody Blount, BS, NREMT-P, FP-C
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