Paramedic identification of ECG J Point and ST Segments: A pilot study.

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Objective: To identify if undergraduate paramedic students are accurate at identifying J Point and ST segments on electrocardiograms. Methods: A prospective single-blinded observational pilot study asking students to identify ST segment and J point location on four different ECG complexes. Results: Of 32 students that participated in the study the findings demonstrated variations in students accuracy with both J Point and ST segment identification. Undergraduate paramedic students in most cases were able to recognise ST segment elevation; however, definition of the amount of ST segment elevation varied greatly. A quarter of students did not complete all 4 J Point estimations. Overall the student s estimations varied considerably. Conclusion: Results from this pilot study have identified significant variation in students interpretation of J Point and ST Segment in ECG analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergency Primary Health Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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