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12-Lead EKG & Chest X-Ray Interpretation: Enhancing Assessment Skills for Improved Outcomes
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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The EKG and Chest X-Ray are the most commonly used procedures for diagnosing a wide variety of cardiac and respiratory conditions, yet even the most seasoned nurses struggle to master interpretation. Attend this seminar and finally learn to recognize borderline and abnormal findings. In this information-packed program expert, Cheryl Hermann, will teach you easy-to-understand techniques to identify coronary and pulmonary problems you would have previously missed. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to:
  • Analyze QRS axis to determine diagnosis
  • Contrast left anterior and posterior hemiblocks
  • Recognize the location of acute coronary syndromes
  • Interpret chest x-rays for differential diagnosis
  • Perform more efficient and effective patient assessments
  • And most importantly, respond to the patient emergencies associated with each of these changes!
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
  1. Analyze EKG changes associated with ischemia, injury and infarction patterns.
  2. Specify the features of right bundle branch block from the features of left bundle branch block.
  3. Evaluate axis deviation and the implications for clinical practice.
  4. Assess common cardiac and pulmonary disorders using the chest x-ray.
  5. Detect the placement of invasive lines on chest x-rays.
  6. Develop a systematic approach to chest x-ray interpretation.
  7. Incorporate the clinical pearls of EKG and chest x-ray interpretation into daily practice.
Part I: The ABCs of 12-Lead EKG Interpretation

  • The 12-Lead EKG
    • Cardiac electrical conduction system
    • Electrical vectors
    • Normal polarity & P-QRS-T configuration of each lead
  • Ace the Axis
    • Left & right axis deviation
    • Causes & criteria
    • Methods of determining axis deviation
    • Clinical applications
  • Beat the Bundles
    • Right & left bundle branch blocks
    • Causes & complications
    • Left anterior & left posterior hemiblocks
  • Correlate the Coronary Anatomy
    • The coronary arteries
    • Left ventricular walls
    • Relationship to the 12-lead
  • Differential Diagnosis in Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Ischemia, injury & infarction patterns
    • Reciprocal changes
    • STEMI vs. NSTEMI
    • Coronary spasm
    • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • Putting it all Together
    • The 30-second diagnosis
    • Coronary angiographic correlation
    • Presentations, analysis & clinical applications
  • Advanced Interpretation
    • Atrial & ventricular hypertrophy
    • WPW - Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
    • Prolonged QT intervals

    Part II: Chest X-Ray Interpretation as Easy as Black & White

    • The Chest X-Ray
      • Technique
      • Black & white principles
      • Projections
    • Systematic Approach
      • Bone structures & Intercostal spaces
      • Soft tissues & vasculature
      • Pleural surfaces
      • Heart & great vessels
      • Invasive lines
    • As Easy as Black
      • Identifying pneumothorax & subcutaneous emphysema
      • Treatment priorities
    • As Easy as White
      • Identifying:
        • Pleural Effusion
        • Pulmonary Edema
        • Pneumonia
        • ARDS
        • Cardiomyopathy
        • Cardiac Tamponade
      • Clinical applications & interventions
    • Beyond the Basics
      • Identification & Initial Treatment of:
        • Aortic aneurysm
        • Post-op changes with pneumonectomy
        • Esophagogastrectomy
        • Dextrocardia
    • Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • Physician Assistants


    Cheryl Herrmann, RN, MS, APRN, CCRN, CCNS-CSC-CMC, shares her vast cardiac knowledge and experience to provide an interactive, dynamic, high energy, and easy-to-understand seminar. Her 35 + years clinical experience includes 15 years as a bedside critical care nurse and 20 + years as Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist/Advanced practice Nurse for hospitalized and clinic cardiac medical and surgical patients. She has a passion for cardiac nursing and is an advocate for heart health, particularly in raising awareness of heart disease in women. She is a popular speaker for local, regional and national conferences, including presenting at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses NTI for the past 13 years. In 28 years of volunteer work, she has provided vital medical supplies, services and training to the poor and disadvantaged in Mexico, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Indonesia. She presents material in a way that all health professionals caring for the cardiac patient, regardless of where they are in the continuum, take home valuable pearls of wisdom and new skills.

    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Cheryl D. Herrmann has an employment relationship with UnityPoint Health Cardiology. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Cheryl D. Herrmann is a member of the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
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    Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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    Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

    Physician Assistants
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