EKG Tips for Treating Patients

This month, Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C and course director of The Urgent Care EKG Course wanted to share a few tips for treating patients in the Emergency Department or Urgent Care.

  1. Your patient with syncope has a prolonged PR interval. Is that to blame? A first-degree block does not cause symptoms and is not the culprit. It can even be a normal finding in athletes.
  2. The truth about ACS is that it can present many ways. Chest pain can be dull, sharp, or absent. Pain may radiate to the left or right arm. Symptoms can consist of epigastric pain, or simply shortness of breath. Always keep a broad differential and consider atypical presentations of acute coronary syndrome.
  3. Torsade de pointes is lethal and can be caused by QT prolonging drugs. A few of the common ones we use are Azithromycin, Ondansetron, and Citalopram. If the QT is over 460 MS – reconsider giving more QT prolonging drugs.

This course is ideal for PAs and NPs practicing in urgent care. Whether you’re new to practice or have many years of experience, you’re sure to learn practical, evidence-based tips you can use on your next shift. You can sharpen your EKG interpretation skills, improve your accuracy, become more proficient, and boost your clinical confidence with The Urgent Care EKG Course.

Visit https://www.ebmedicine.net/ekg to learn more.

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