ECG Identification of Acute Changes: From 12 Steps to 12 Leads

Author(s): Andrea Efre

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, ECG

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This presentation takes the learner through a stepwise approach in 12 lead ECG interpretation to assist them in identifying acute changes that indicate coronary ischemia. The 12 step process starts with identifying the rhythm, rate and complexes, and uses a systematic approach in interpretation. Learners can practice their new skills of interpretation by projecting sample 12 lead ECGs.


  • Develop a systematic approach to interpreting 12 lead ECGs and identifying acute changes.
  • Distinguish an area of infarction, injury or ischemia based on grouping the leads.
  • Employ identification skills by using case studies involving 12 lead ECGs.

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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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