Prehospital ECG Activation of the Cardiac Cath Lab

*** Kept for historical purposes only ***

In case you missed it, there’s an outstanding webinar available at the D2B Alliance website that discusses Prehospital ECG Activation of the Cardiac Cath Lab. It’s hosted by Dr. Ivan Rokos, Dr. Christopher Granger, Dr. Robert O’Connor, and Dr. William French. The webinar discusses Regional STEMI networks in Southern California, the RACE program in North Carolina, and the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline.



  • Lynne says:

    Tom,I’m an EMT-B that just found your blog. My agency allows EMT-Bs to perform 12-leads prehospital, so that doctors and paramedics at the hospital have a printout to look at. Also, if our monitor sees an Acute MI or something critical going on with the heart, we know to hurry it up.Do you have a 12-lead placement diagram? I’ve been taught where and so on and so forth, but after reading your blog, I’m betting you’d have a nifty diagram. I’m going to print it out and tuck it in my protocol book for reference.Keeping it simple…Lynne

  • Tom B says:

    Hi, Lynne! Thanks for the comment. Yes, I do have lead placement diagrams. I’m on my way to the last day of paramedic refresher right now, but I’ll post them just as soon as I can. In the meantime, you can go to Google and type in “12 lead placement card” (in quotations) and it will send you to the Physio-Control website where you can print out the diagram you’re looking for.As a side-note, I think it’s great that your Medical Director allows EMT-Bs to perform 12 lead ECGs. After all, technicians do it at the hospital (with nothing but on the job training). It’s always good to capture a baseline 12 lead with your first set of vital signs (before you put a cardiac patient on oxygen and/or give NTG).Tom

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