Survival and recovery from arrhythmias and cardiac arrest depends on a complex system working together to secure the best outcome. The main focus in cardiac arrest events includes rapid recognition, prompt provision of CPR, defibrillation of malignant shockable rhythms, and post-ROSC supportive care and treatment of underlying causes. This approach recognizes that most sudden cardiac arrest in adults is of cardiac cause, particularly myocardial infarction and electric disturbances. The ability to recognize rhythm disturbances early and treat is key to promoting patient outcomes.
- Provide a foundational knowledge of basic anatomy of the heart
- Describe the relationship of the conduction system to the basic heart anatomy
- Relate the electrophysiology of cardiac electrical activation and current conduction to the surface electrocardiogram
- Understand how to recognize the normal electrocardiogram and make basic measurements
- Recognize and identify basic arrhythmias