Electrocardiogram, Posterior Chest Lead

Electrocardiogram, Posterior Chest Lead

Because of the location of the heart’s posterior surface, changes associated with myocardial damage may not be apparent on a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). To help identify posterior involvement, some practitioners recommend using posterior chest leads in addition to the limb leads of the 12-lead ECG. Despite lung and muscle barriers, posterior leads may provide clues to posterior wall infarction so that appropriate treatment can begin.

Preparation of Equipment

Place the ECG machine close to the patient’s bed. Plug the cord into the wall outlet or, if the machine is battery operated, ensure functioning. Turn on the machine, and input the required patient information. Keep the patient away from electrical fixtures and power cords.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Electrocardiogram, Posterior Chest Lead

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