ECG Simulator: Practice Makes Perfect

ecg simulator practice

One of the reasons why the medical profession is both challenging and exciting is that standards, practices, equipment, and possibilities keep changing. For those working with patients who experience cardiac arrest or another arrhythmia, training becomes vital to maintaining the skills necessary to save lives. Enter the EKG or ECG simulator.

What is the difference between an EKG or ECG?

Nothing, really. Both EKG and ECG are acronyms for an electrocardiogram, a test performed on those believed to be experiencing cardiac arrest. In this noninvasive test, a patient’s heart beat is assessed for speed and efficiency using several sensors placed on a person’s chest. Why do some people use the term “EKG” and others use “ECG”? Because they were trained to do so based on different spellings of the same word.

ZOLL 12-Lead ECG Simulator

The ZOLL 12-Lead ECG Simulator

EKG Rhythm Practice

One of the biggest factors in saving people’s lives is time. Those experiencing a cardiac emergency, whether from a chemical imbalance, heart disease, accident, or illness, are battling the clock for survival. In these times, clinicians must be confident in their ability to conduct any diagnostic testing as quickly as possible, without having to worry about faulty equipment. This is why periodic EKG rhythm simulation is necessary to maintain the EKG equipment in any hospital, clinic or medical center. EKG’s, their leads and other components can be replaced or fixed before failing in an emergent situation.

ECG Rhythm Simulator

ECG rhythm simulators can be attached to any ECG system for testing and calibration purposes. These devices are attached to the leads of an ECG and simulate any type of patient heart beat. During this time, the results on the screen the tester is holding are compared to those the ECG machine is picking up. If there are any discrepancies, the machine can be repaired, replaced or recalibrated for use. ECG rhythm simulators can be hand held or portable for ease of use.

Laerdal Symbio Rhythm Simulator

The Laerdal Symbio Rhythm Simulator

ECG Simulator Practice

The ECG simulator can also be used for training clinicians on the use of defibrillators. The ECG simulator produces different types of cardiac rhythms and enables doctors and nurses to defibrillate so-called patients using established protocols. For instance, some ECG simulators come with several different rhythms that would be appropriate for defibrillation training and others for pacing training. During the exercise, clinicians would determine the type of use that would be appropriate, connect the defibrillator to the simulator and begin performing established protocols to restore a normal heart beat. The simulator would then be able to measure the electrical shock that was administered and cardiovert into a waiting rhythm. Not only does this allow hospital personnel to practice their skills without endangering patient lives, but it also affords trainers the chance to test clinicians with uncommon diagnoses and protocols.

The fast-paced medical industry, exciting though it may be, does not allow for mistakes or faulty machinery. Fortunately, EKG simulators give hospitals an opportunity to test both their equipment and their medical personnel to limit the likelihood of both.

After you’ve practiced on the ECG simulator, check out some of our ECG / EKG machines, below.