PhEDECs™ – level 2

ECG interpretation is a fundamental part of effective emergency medical care. Taught by specialist paramedics with a range of clinical backgrounds, PhEDECs™ comprises three levels, appropriate for a variety of learners, and covers a range of learning outcomes incorporating elements of the diagnostic approach to ECGs, underlying anatomy and physiology, rhythm interpretation, and associated treatment.

PhEDECs™ syllabus (full)

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Course overview

Faculty

Silas Houghton Budd

BSc PGCert PGDip DIMC

Specialist paramedic (critical care)

Jamie Webb

BSc PGDip DPUC

Specialist paramedic

(urgent and emergency care)

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Aims

As with level 1, PhEDECs™ level 2 has two main aims. The first is to build upon the foundation knowledge attained in level 1 by introducing the physiology and diagnosis of arrhythmias. The second is to introduce treatment algorithms and guidelines to build a foundation of knowledge for the safe and effective care of patients with an abnormal ECG.


Entry criteria

PhEDECs™ level 2 is aimed at clinicians fulfilling levels 5+ on the Skills for Health Career Framework. Examples include:

  • Ambulance Paramedic

  • Senior Staff Nurse

  • Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner

  • EM ST1-3

Please note: completion of level 1 (or similar course) is a prerequisite to

level 2 as the fundamental concepts will not be revisited.

Course content

  • Diagnostic considerations

  • Anatomy / physiology / electrophysiology

  • Measurements and tools

  • Arrhythmias overview

  • Conduction defects

  • Ischaemia and infarction

Duration

One day (eight hours)

Certification / accreditation / endorsement

Certified by PREMED. CPD certificate upon completion of the course.

Location

Folkestone, Kent.

Disclaimer 

Please note: PhEDECs™ does not qualify the learner to provide interventions outside the scope of practice set by their employer and/or regulatory body.