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YouTube as a source of clinical skills education

YouTube as a source of clinical skills education

YouTube is great for looking at the latest music videos, people falling off skate boards or cat's making funny noises. However, a new study has found that YouTube might have a found a seat at the round table when it comes to clinical skills education!

The study looked at 25 hours of online YouTube educational material in relation to 10 common clinical skills. In consultation with novice practitioners, nurses in the first year of their university diploma programme, the study identified ten common clinical skills that typically students would explore in more detail or would wish to revisit outside of the formal teaching environment. For each of these topics, the study viewed each of the first 10 videos on the YouTube website.

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Chest Compressions during Defibrillation

Chest Compressions during Defibrillation

Arguabley one of the most regimental, most empahised, most scripted part of CPR and AED training comes at the point when the defibrillator is about to deliver a shock. Relgiously we practicsed making sure that we, and others around us were clear of a casualty right before we pressed the flashing red button. Often instructors would take note of the way in which you pressed the button so that, if you happened to look at the button when you were pressing it; Failed, now let's try it again! 

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ECG Tutorial 3: The Printout

ECG Tutorial 3: The Printout

At this stage things are progressing nicely. In the previous two articles we learned about The Anatomy & Electrical System and then The Electrocardiograph. In the last blog we used the analagy of the mugshot to describe how it is important to view the heart from different perspectives to give us a better understanding as to whats actually happening. We also mentioned that the mugshot pictures were always taken against a height chart. This helps put things in perspective for us.

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ECG Tutorial 2: The Electrocardiograph

ECG Tutorial 2: The Electrocardiograph

You may well be wondering what an mugshot has to do with an ECG! Well don't worry the answer is contained within...

In this ECG tutorial we will cover the fundamentals of the Electrocardiograph. In the last tutorial: ECG Tutorial 1: Anatomy & Electrical System we discussed the gross anatomy and electrical conductivity of the heart. If you are not familiar with content of that tutorial I would suggest that you go back and read over it again as this tutorial will build on that information.

We have omitted some information that while useful, is of more use to people studying and interpreting 12 Lead ECG's. This tutorial is primarily aimed at people learning 3 Lead ECG's.

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ECG Tutorial 1: Anatomy & Electrical System

ECG Tutorial 1: Anatomy & Electrical System

Introduction

This ECG Tutorial blog is the first in a series, designed for people who wish to learn something new or simply to refresh material already learned. It may be particularly useful to first responders, emergency medical technicians or student paramedics. During the course of this series we will be focusing on the basics of ECG along with discussing rhythm strips and 3 and 4 lead ECG's.

It's not going to turn you into a mega super ECG guru! But it will provide you with a good understanding of what exactly you are looking at on a rhythm strip and how that corrosponds to different actions within the heart. It is hoped that in the future we will also incorporate a 12 lead ECG section into this blog series. But thats a bit down the road yet. 

OK, enough talk let's kick off.

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