EKG Arrhythmia Review is a simulation based material that reviews several common EKG arrhythmias. It was developed by Dr. J. Crimando at Gateway Community College. The material provides the user with a list of common arrhythmias and respective waveform characteristics. The user is able to view each arrhythmia in comparison to a normal sinus rhythm. The graphical representation of the abnormal rhythm and accompanying list of waveform characteristics gives the user an opportunity to visualize each rhythm while noting the distinct characteristics that set it apart from a normal sinus rhythm. Users will be able to differentiate a normal sinus rhythm from several common arrhythmias.
Type of Material:
The learning resource is classified as a tutorial.
This tutorial would work well for individual or group work both in and outside of the classroom. It could be used in conjunction with a cardiac anatomy and physiology lecture or with a lecture over cardiac disorders for a nursing course.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Identify waveform characteristics of a normal sinus rhythm
Identify waveform characteristics of each of the listed arrhythmias
Differentiate a normal sinus rhythm from each of the 14 listed arrhythmias
Target Student Population:
The target audience includes health care students or personnel responsible for cardiac rhythm interpretation, such as emergency medical technicians.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students should have a basic knowledge of cardiac physiology and EKG wave properties.
The quality of the EKG Review is very high. It is accurate, current, and flexible. All information that is presented is correct and it is presented in a way that will be easy for students to understand.
Material does not provide context for rhythm interpretation.
The description of each rhythm is very basic, more detail could be provided.
The material might be more beneficial paired with a lecture or discussion of the pathophysiology behind the arrhythmias.
The disclaimer on the page says there are many variations to normal and abnormal EKG readings, and actual readings can vary.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
As a basic guide and tutorial, this resource can be extremely useful to beginning anatomy and physiology students or students studying basic cardiophysiology. The major cases of cardiac arrhythmia are explained as well as visualized for students.
The material does not define learning objectives or prerequisite knowledge
The material does not demonstrate the relationship between cardiac physiology and each arrhythmia.
It is introductory in nature as well as highly simplified. Other learning resources are needed to have a comprehensive understanding of arrhythmias.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The material is very easy to use and interactive.
The rhythm strips could be larger for easier and more detailed interpretation.
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