Preventing Artifact On Your EKG’s

By September 30, 2013 One Comment

Reading EKG’s is skill that is hard enough in a nice still cardiology office. But it can be even harder in the back of a moving ambulance. This Microwave Medic installment gives some EMS based advice on preventing artifact in your EKG’s.

Electrode Placement


Artifact causes


Do you prep the skin before applying the ECG electrodes to the patient?

Were your electrodes pre-attached potentially drying out the electrodes?
Is there proper lead placement?
Check for placement on bony prominence’s or for correct lead placement.
Do you place the limb leads on the chest or limbs?


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