Transvenous cardiac pacemaker placement is an important and complex emergency procedure. Given that placement of a transvenous pacemaker is a relatively uncommon occurrence, maintaining procedural competency can be a considerable challenge. Utilizing principles of cognitive load theory, this educational resource provides a means for learning the procedure and maintaining clinical competence. This is accomplished through multiple learning activities including a procedural slide set, first-person point-of-view walkthrough video, and a procedural checklist, which allow for self-directed study and quick reference. This resource is clinically significant for practicing physicians, residents, and medical students attempting to gain or maintain competency with transvenous cardiac pacemaker placement.
- Identify the key equipment needed to place a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
- Describe the indications and contraindications for placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
- Identify complications associated with placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
- Demonstrate proper preparation of the pacemaker generator and equipment needed to perform transvenous cardiac pacemaker placement.
- Demonstrate placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
- Recognize the signs of electrical and mechanical capture during placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
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