Garden City, MI (PRWEB) May 01, 2012
Reading Cardiac Rhythms has never been an easy task. Most of the time, this job was delegated to nurses and physicians. Instructors at Phlebotomy Career Training have developed an online course in EKG telemetry interpretation, for the layman and the experienced alike. Developing a telemetry course that is entirely online was no easy task. First, the instructors knew that every student has their own learning curve. Therefore, the question as to how much time should be given in such a course had to be determined.
Online studying is more flexible for those students who work full time. However, the subject of Cardiac Arrhythmia interpretation can seem like Greek to the layman who has never had any prior experience in the medical field. The problem that continually arose was how to break the material down in a format that anyone could understand, with minimal instructor time.
This problem was addressed at the Phlebotomy Career Training Instructor Conference in Detroit. Instructors who attended were nurse educators, physicians, staff nurses from the coronary care unit and the head nurses from step down units. The educators addressed the necessity for a comprehensive online program that could train anyone in telemetry interpretation and the basics of electrocardiogram leads placement.
The science of cardiac arrhythmia interpretation was broke down into a series of steps. The first step that all educators agreed upon was the anatomy and physiology of the heart. All agreed that the anatomy of the heart along with the electrical conductivity pathway was the best place to begin for all students of telemetry.
The next question became “How to teach students to read the rhythm strips?” EKG rhythms strips are quite hard to read. This is due not only to the fact that the boxes in each strip read out are so small that it is difficult for even those with excellent vision to read, but that the mathematics of box calculations can get quite complex.
Therefore, the educators decided that the next step in course development would be to break down the anatomy of the strip itself. Student express that the most difficulty they have is in learning the strip anatomy. The P,Q,R,S and T indices require a thorough understanding of their seconds and height measurements. Once the students learn these techniques, they are ready to begin to recognize rhythms.
Recognizing rhythms and how to teach rhythm recognition was the next challenge for the medical educators. The question that came up at the meeting was how to help students identify the most common rhythms. Educators then had to come up with the best way of presenting rhythms to students in a fashion that was easy to understand. The educators had to find ways of presenting real time rhythms so that students could see and recognize the rhythms that needed to be reported to the medical staff.
The educator’s conference was a real success. The conference helped the medical educators come up with some of the best online teaching modifications to the current curriculum that will help propel the students to success.
Phlebotomy Career Training is only the school in Michigan offering an approved online Telemetry Technician Program. The new Telemetry Program offers certification at the State and national level.
Phlebotomy Career Training offers online EKG Monitor Technician course or online Telemetry Tech course. There is an online class for the lay public and for the medical professionals who want to enhance their knowledge in the medical field. The course is approximately one month long, although students may take longer depending on their work schedule and current situation.
Students have access to the web based course in its entirety, twenty four hours per day, seven days per week. Videos of the actual monitors with the rhythms are presented to the students. They are tested with a final exam. Upon passing the course they receive a certificate from Phlebotomy Career Training which is a licensed Proprietary school in the state of Michigan. Phlebotomy Career Training is also recognized by the National Telemetry Association.
Students who complete the Online EKG Telemetry Technician course successfully may then sit for the National Telemetry Association Exam. Being a member of such a prestigious organization speaks volumes for the student of Telemetry. The National Telemetry Association recognizes the best and the brightest of those who specialize in the field of Cardiac Arrhythmia recognition.