KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE ON ELECTROCARDIOGRAM INTERPRETATION AMONG NURSES AT NATIONAL HEART INSTITUTE
Received 2023-07-10; Accepted 2023-09-18; Published 2023-09-18
Keywords:knowledge, competency, electrocardiogram, nurses, ECG interpretation
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the top killer globally, including in Malaysia. Patients with symptoms of chest pain
are recommended to get an electrocardiogram immediately, in less than 10 minutes, to detect necrosis of heart
tissue due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). This cross-sectional study conducted among nurses at the National
Heart Institute (NHI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was aimed to identify the level of knowledge and practice of ECG
interpretation among nurses at NHI. This current study used convenient sampling and involved 255 participants.
Overall, 239 participants (93.7%) have good ECG interpretation knowledge and 88.2% (n = 225) have good practice
on ECG. There was an association between the level of knowledge and practice regarding ECG readings (p = 0.01).
In conclusion, the level of knowledge and practice among nurses in NIH was considered good.
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