Pre-Assignment Info - Prairie Lakes Healthcare System

Dear Basic Arrhythmia Course Participant:
Welcome to the Basic Arrhythmia Survival Skills Session on January 13, 2016; from 0900 to
1530 in MOB Conference Center. The course will be a blended learning approach
utilizing computer based & instructor (Laura Frankenhoff) lead learning, as well as
hands on opportunities. Please bring with you a PLHS laptop the day of the course, in
and effort to offer hands on opportunity during the session.
On completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Describe two basic types of cardiac cells and their function.
2. Describe the normal sequence of electrical conduction through the heart and the
relationship with each waveform.
3. Describe the steps in ECG rhythm strip analysis.
4. Describe ECG characteristics of a sinus rhythm.
5. Describe ECG characteristics of a junctional rhythm.
6. Describe ECG characteristics of a ventricular rhythm.
Please plan to be on time because it will be difficult for late students to catch up once we start.
Students are expected to attend and participate in the entire course.
This Basic Arrhythmia Course focuses on the essential information you need to know to
interpret ECGs and understand their significance. We will cover a lot of material in a short time;
you will need to prepare for the course beforehand. The ECG Interpretation made Incredibly Easy
Manual is available for rental/purchase from Dory’s office for $38. You will need to prepare for the
You should prepare for the course by doing the following:
1. Review and understand Part One (Anatomy and Physiology—Rhythm StripInterpreting strip) in your ECGs Made Easy manual.
2. Complete the pre-test and bring it with you to the course
3. Review and Part two (Recognizing arrhythmias). This chapter will be briefly reviewed
as a group & we will use blended learning during session
This Basic Arrhythmia Course does not teach ACLS algorithms, or pharmacology information.
Bring your manual to class. Please come in scrubs or business casual with closed toed shoes to
facilitate professional learning environment. Lunch will be on your own.
We look forward to welcoming you on January 13, 2016 at 0900. If you have any questions
about the course, please call Dory Gassman at 882-7824.
Dory Gassman RN, BSN, CEN
Staff Development Coordinator
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System