A ECG Competency Test is an important and necessary part of healthcare professionals working with ECGs. This test helps ensure that those working with ECGs have the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct accurate and reliable analysis and interpretation of the results. The test typically consists of a written portion, which covers the fundamentals, as well as an experiential part in which the candidate completes ECGs in both a safe and timely manner.
The written portion of the test ensures that the candidate has a working knowledge of ECGs and how they should be read and interpreted. This includes topics such as understanding the rhythm strip, interpreting waveforms, and recognizing rate and axis. The test also assesses the candidates’ ability to provide basic patient instruction and safety during the ECG process.The experiential portion of the test ensures that the candidate can accurately apply the theory learned in the written portion to a real-life ECG situation. This may involve connecting electrodes to the patient, starting the ECG recording, and quickly recognizing and correcting any signal abnormalities before the waveform is completely analyzed.