Pediatric ECGS: Emergency Room Cases

Authors: Jeff Vergales, MD, Jeremy Middleton, MD, Michael McCulloch, MD
Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: March 19, 2020
Expiration date: March 19, 2026



Electrocardiography is typically the first cardiac test ordered in adult and pediatric patients presenting with potential cardiac abnormalities. Pediatric patients have unique physiology that rapidly changes from fetal to infant ages and then throughout childhood. These physiologic changes are reflected by changes in the electrocardiogram. In this series of case presentations, you will learn to identify common conditions that are reflected in the pediatric ECG.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To discuss the basic principles of the cardiac electrical conduction system
  • To recognize the formation of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • To recall the changes in physiology that occur in the normal newborn heart and how this is exhibited in the pediatric ECG

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close the tab.