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
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Advanced
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