Keeping the Beat: Pacemaker Therapy Grows More Important as the Population Ages - 16-GANN-F3-0115

Keeping the Beat: Pacemaker Therapy Grows More Important as the Population Ages

by Jill Lucca, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, FPCNA and Guy H. Haskell, PhD, JD, REMT-P and Anne Marie Meyer, MSN, RN, C-FNP, CCDS
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This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

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Pacemakers can be life-changing devices that assist the electrical activity of a patient’s heart rhythm. They may provide relief of symptoms associated with many heart rhythm disturbances and improve functional status. Some devices may improve a patient’s quality of life. Pacemakers — temporary or permanent — can sense a patient’s heart activity and produce an electrical stimulus (pace) when the heart fails to beat on its own. This electrical impulse may create a myocardial contraction as directed by timing of the heart and the programmable pacemaker. The risk that the heart’s electrical conduction system will become degenerative increases with age, which results in electrical alterations that may be best managed with pacemaker therapy. The geriatric population continues to be the fastest-growing age group in the U.S., with patients older than 65 accounting for more than 85% of pacemakers implanted.


The goal of this program is to provide EMS professionals with general information about indications for pacemaker insertion, the way in which pacemakers function, and the important elements of patient education after insertion of a pacemaker. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain basic information about pacemaker function
  • Describe three indications for pacemaker insertion
  • Evaluate basic pacemaker malfunctions

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 08/10/17 to 12/01/18.
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Course Originally Released on: 11/13/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/16/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2019

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Natasha U - Homestead, FL  ·  Mar 19, 2018
Very informative course
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Daniel B - San Jose, CA  ·  Mar 19, 2018
Very informative content.
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Patricia S - Fly Creek, NY  ·  Mar 10, 2018
Very good explanation of how various pacers work and complications
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Penny H - Whitewater, WI  ·  Mar 05, 2018
very helpful article I enjoyed this presentation
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David J - Altadena, CA  ·  Feb 26, 2018
this will help triage patient's with pacemaker issues hat come to the er.
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