Evaluation of ECG Recording Applications of Non-Physician Healthcare Workers Working in Emergency Departments

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Aydemir A.

Anatolian J Emerg Med, vol.4, no.4, pp.125-131, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.54996/anatolianjem.978965
  • Journal Name: Anatolian J Emerg Med
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.125-131
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: The aim of the study was to identify the right and wrong applications of non-physician healthcare workers working in the emergency department (ED) on the standard ECG method.

Material and Methods: The study was conducted in the ED of two hospitals in Yozgat province. The data were collected in three stages, in which healthcare workers recording ECGs were observed, emergency medicine specialists evaluated each ECG recording, and the questionnaire on the ECG shooting method was applied. Frequency and percentage values in the descriptive statistics of the study and Pearson Correlation analysis were used to determine the relationship between variables.

Results: There was no statistically significant relationship between healthcare workers' level of knowledge about recording ECG and the correct execution of the procedure (p>0.05). Emergency medicine specialists who interpreted the ECG reported that there was a situation that limited interpretation in nearly half of the ECG reports, which was due to the shooting error in 46% of them, and 22% of the ECG shootings were repeated. Chest electrodes were highly positioned incorrectly (100%-80%) in both theory and in practice.

Conclusion: It was observed that there was no relationship between the knowledge of the healthcare professionals who recorded the ECG about the procedure and their behavior during the procedure, and there was at least one shooting error in almost half of the ECGs taken in the ED.