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Students Learn EKG Testing and Diagnostics

Students in the Allied Health Science (AHS) program at the Center for Innovation (CFI) have successfully mastered skills in the performance of a live 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG).  “This is an essential skill that involves using a protractor to measure the points of the markings on the graph paper to determine a medical diagnosis,” said Mr. Ed Bowling, instructor of Health Science.  The P wave is the first short upward movement of the EKG tracing. It indicates that the atria are contracting, pumping blood into the ventricles. The QRS complex, normally begin with a downward deflection, Q; a larger upwards deflection, a peak (R); and then a downwards S wave.

Mrs. Samantha Bryant, Mathematics instructor, remarked about the contextual learning and the application of math concepts that are possible when career connections are being made across the curriculum at the CFI. “This test is important in determining how the electrical pathways are functioning in the heart. It can show past incidents of cardiac damage and well as a current Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) that may be in process.”  “The Allied Health Science program provides our students with college-level and practitioner oriented training in medical career pathways,” said Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal. 

“We are so very proud of the students for taking on the rigors and challenges of our career and technical education programming and successfully demonstrating their knowledge, skills, and abilities,” added Davis.

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