To identify if undergraduate paramedic students are accurate at identifying J Point and ST segments on electrocardiograms.Methods
A prospective single-blinded observational pilot study asking students to identify ST segment and J point location on four different ECG complexesResults
Of 32 students that participated in the study the findings demonstrated variations in students’ accuracy with both J Point and ST segment identification. Undergraduate paramedic students in most cases were able to recognise ST segment elevation; however, definition of the amount of ST segment elevation varied greatly. A quarter of students did not complete all 4 J Point estimations. Overall the student’s estimations varied considerably.Conclusion
Results from this pilot study have identified significant variation in students’ interpretation of J Point and ST Segment in ECG analysis.