EKG Artifacts (1.0 CME Credit)
EKG Artifacts (1.0 CME Credit)
  • Purchase includes:
    • 12-month online access to all course material
    • 1.0 CME credits and certificate upon completing course requirements
  • Course instructor: Anthony Kashou, MD (The EKG Guy)
  • Course overview: EKG Artifacts is an accredited course designed for those with a basic level of understanding of the EKG, or completed our EKG Basics course, and for those interested in a refresher in identifying EKG artifacts and understanding why they appear as such. It is comprised of 12 lessons with corresponding videos and abundant practice material to master all topics along the way. Course objectives are described below.
  • Target audience: This activity is appropriate for all healthcare providers interested in learning more about ECG interpretation, especially ECG technicians, physicians, and allied health staff among others.
  • Credit and certificate requirements:
    • Complete pre-course assessment
    • Complete all 12 lesson videos and corresponding practice material
    • Successfully pass post-course assessment
    • Complete course evaluation
Joint Accreditation ImageAccreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and The EKG Guy.  Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit statement: 
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain the purpose of Einthoven's triangle.
  2. Identify bipolar and augmented unipolar leads.
  3. Describe limb electrode placement and the limb leads that generate from the electrodes.
  4. Explain what occurs to Einthoven's triangle in various limb lead reversals.
  5. Identify the presence and type of lead reversal present based on a standard 12-lead ECG.
  6. Identify the culprit electrode associated with artifact.
  7. Define the expected ECG features associated with various forms of motion and muscle artifacts.
  8. Identify motion and muscle artifact on a standard 12-lead ECG.
Additonal Course Information
  • Disclosure summary: As a provider accredited by Joint Accreditation Interprofessional Continuing Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course Director(s), Planning Committee Members, Faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty also will disclose any off label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. Disclosure of these relevant financial relationships will be published in activity materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation.
  • Relevant financial relationship(s) with industry: None.
  • No relevant financial relationship(s) with industry: Anthony Kashou, M.D.
  • References to off-label and/or investigational usage(s) of pharmaceuticals or instruments in their presentation: None.
  • Disclaimer: Participation in this educational activity does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course. You should be aware that substantive developments in the medical field covered by this recording may have occurred since the date of original release.
  • Prerequisites for participation: There are no prerequisites needed prior to participating in this education activity.
  • Method of participation: Participation in this activity consists of reviewing the educational material, completing the learner assessment, and course evaluation.
  • Release date: 01/01/2021
  • Expiration date: 12/31/2023
  • Acknowledgement of Commercial Support: No commercial support was received in the production of this activity.
  • Bibliographic Resources: Bibliographic resources are provided within the activity.
  • Preliminary Assessment (EKG Artifacts)
  • Einthoven's Triangle Duration: 8:13
  • Left Arm-Right Arm Lead Reversal Duration: 7:05
  • Left Arm-Left Leg Lead Reversal Duration: 5:38
  • Right Arm-Left Leg Lead Reversal Duration: 7:20
  • Left Arm-Right Leg Lead Reversal Duration: 7:27
  • Right Arm-Right Leg Lead Reversal Duration: 7:58
  • Left Leg-Right Leg Lead Reversal Duration: 3:57
  • Bilateral Arm-Leg Lead Reversal Duration: 8:44
  • Precordial (Chest) Lead Reversal Duration: 5:24
  • Identifying Culprit Electrode Duration: 7:00
  • Motion Artifact Duration: 5:03
  • Muscle Artifact Duration: 5:07
  • Final Assessment (EKG Artifacts)
  • Course Evaluation (EKG Artifacts)

Anthony Kashou, MD