This simulation is a component of M2HNursing.com, by Margaret Hansen, which caters to nursing students. This particular page includes an audio presentation on how to apply electrodes to the body in order to produce a 5-Lead EKG reading.
Type of Material:
This module is a simulation.
This simulation is appropriate for those in the medical profession or health care pre-professionals studying EKG preparation.
This simulation requires a Flash player. Google Chrome was used to view this learning module. A mouse is needed to drag the lead placements.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The stated learning goals are: Learning Objectives Participation in this electrocardiography (ECG) electrode placement tutorial will enable the learner to: 1. Recall human anatomical positioning of ECG electrode placement. 2. Compare ECG electrode placement for 5- and 12-lead ECGs. 3. Discuss with another learner the provided human case scenarios.
Target Student Population:
This simulation would be appropriate for undergraduate students in the medical field or those studying cardiac rehabilitation.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There is no prerequisite knowledge necessary.
This simulation offers the student the ability to place the electrodes in the appropriate places on the torso for a 5-lead EKG once the audio presentation has completed.The animation is designed for drag and drop to show placement of 5 leads.
There is no way to control the audio speed or to pause it. No written instructions for the simulation in case the audio is not present or blocked on the local computer.The description for the simulation includes the following: "An online game and simulation of ECG dysrhythmias. The learner has the opportunity to identify, analyze and interpret dysrhythmias in a non-clinical environment." The only interactive component for the learner is to apply the electrodes on the torso once the audio presentation has completed. There are no opportunities for identification, analysis and/or interpretation of dysrhythmias found in this simulation. Also, there is no way to pause or rewind the audio presentation, only replay from a 'refresh' of the webpage.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learner will be able to apply the electrodes to the appropriate positions on the body.
Once the learner listens to the instructions and applies the electrodes in the appropriate places, there is no other activity for them to do.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Once the audio recording has completed, the learner can easily use a computer mouse or touchpad to move the electrodes to the appropriate places on the torso.
Other Issues and Comments:
This simulation should include more activities for the learner as stated in the initial description for this module to be an effective learning option.
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