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Transvenous Cardiac Pacemaker Educational Resource

Published: June 3, 2015 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10107

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor's Guide.pdf
  • Transvenous Pacemaker Placement Introduction.pdf
  • Transvenous Pacemaker Insertion Checklist.pdf
  • Transvenous Pacemaker Insertion.mp4
  • Transvenous Pacer.mov

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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.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the key equipment needed to place a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
  2. Describe the indications and contraindications for placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
  3. Identify complications associated with placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
  4. Demonstrate proper preparation of the pacemaker generator and equipment needed to perform transvenous cardiac pacemaker placement.
  5. Demonstrate placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.
  6. Recognize the signs of electrical and mechanical capture during placement of a transvenous cardiac pacemaker.

Author Information

  • Jmir Cousar, MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Michael Bohanske, MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Jeffery Hill, MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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Cousar J, Bohanske M, Hill J. Transvenous cardiac pacemaker educational resource. MedEdPORTAL. 2015;11:10107. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10107