Discerning High Risk Signs on 12 Lead EKG

Author(s): Cheryl Herrmann

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Pharmacology Hours 0.50

Expires Aug 15, 2026

Topics: ECG, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Tall R waves, deep QRS complexes, deeply inverted t waves, delta waves, S1, Q3, T3…. Recognizing them—and understanding their significance and what further work-up may be needed—is a challenge. This session teaches the nurse how to recognize subtle and high-risk signs on a 12 lead EKG to prevent devastating outcomes. Wellen’s syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy are just a few of the EKGs we discuss.


  • Identify subtle EKG changes and high-risk EKG signs on the 12 lead.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology behind EKG changes and immediate actions to take.
  • Interpret 12 lead EKGs to identify abnormal signs.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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