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  • National Telemetry Association Cardiac Arrhythmia Exam

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    Knowing the basics of cardiac arrhythmia interpretation is not enough to work as a telemetry technician in current health care organizations. Monitor technicians must also be knowledgeable of cardiac medications and how they affect heart rhythms. The way a patient is trending is also very important to recognize as monitor technicians. Understanding trends assists the monitor technician to anticipate certain events, that if left alone could cause irrevocable heart damage or even death. The monitor technician must be acutely aware at all times that the rhythms they see trailing across their screens represent the patient. Each patient is in a very fragile state of health and therefore the technician must be vigilant and on guard at all times, watching for even the most minuscule variances of changes in the patients rhythms.

N.T. A. Online Course Description:

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This is a 24 hour course that is offered online or in class. All students will need calipers to take this course. The purpose of this course is to train students to read and interpret 22 types of cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 and five lead monitors. Certified by the NTA the ECG with Telemetry encompasses topics such as the anatomy and physiology of the heart, etiology of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, pharmacology of various heart and blood pressure medications. The Telemetry online course covers biomedical mechanisms of a twelve lead ECG, over twenty different cardiac rhythms and arrhythmia’s. A cardiac rhythm that is most important for any telemetry technician to recognize is that of a myocardial infarction. A person suffering from a myocardial infarction, depending on the location of the area of ischemia, complains of some of the following symptoms; sweating, chest pain (described as a crushing feeling), pain radiating in the interior of the left arm, jaw pain (dull ache), trouble breathing, (dyspena), nausea and or vomiting. Not everyone who sustains a myocardial infarction has the same symptoms or all the symptoms. The most telling sign of a myocardial infarction on an electrocardiogram are the widened QRS complexes, flattened or depressed ST segment and depressed or elevated T waves.

When learning to interpret ECG’s (electrocardiograms) students are first trained to understand the anatomy of the heart and the heart’s electrical conduction pathway. Once the students are able to demonstrate their ability to diagram and explain this pathway they are next taught how to read the lead tracing grid that all electrocardiograms are traced on.

The students who learn to interpret electrocardiogram rhythms are acutely responsible for what they interpret. Although a registered nurse and or physician are ultimately responsible for the final interpretation, the telemetry technician is the first responder when noticing any rhythm that could be considered fatal or life threatening. Therefore, it is very important for the telemetry technician to be adept at reading and interpreting the lead tracings especially the actual lead tracing of a dangerous cardiac rhythm.

Course prerequisites for Online or in Class:Those who seek to enroll in this course should have previous medical background as either an RN, C.N.A., LPN, Paramedic, EMT or Medical Assistant. It is very difficult for the layperson to master this course in one month or in three days without guided instruction. Therefore it benefits the student to have some medical background in patient care as well as anatomy and physiology.

Time Frame to complete Course:

Online: One month from time of purchase (student is required to put in a maximum of 24 hours of study time.)

In Class: This is a 3 day course consisting of eight hour days typically from 8-5:30PM with a half hour for lunch.

Course Details:

The students will be emailed a login in code for the website and those in class will be given the login code as well as the printed version of the online materials as a study guide. They will login in under Courses and click on the Telemetry Course. There, they will enter their password. Students will have access to the website and the contents for six weeks. nationaltelemetryassociation@gmail.com

Employers who are interested in having their employees certified may contact our office for further information with regard to either proctoring the exam or using the online format.

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