Conclusion

The ECG is a diagnostic tool used to assess cardiac rhythms continuously and provide an indication of changes within the heart's function. To be of value, healthcare staff must ensure that they are familiar with the techniques for ensuring that a high-quality ECG trace is displayed on the screen and know how to minimise artefacts and sources of interference. Being able to recognise shockable, non-shockable and peri-arrest rhythms and how to respond to these distinct forms of cardiac arrest also requires practice supported by undertaking additional educational input.

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