Paediatric ECG Interpretation

CPD Credits1

Course Summary 

Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are commonly performed procedures used to investigate acute paediatric presentations e.g., chest pain, syncope, and palpitations. They are performed across a wide range of healthcare settings from emergency departments to inpatient, outpatient, and primary care settings. Current medical school teaching tends to focus on the interpretation of adult ECGs.

Paediatric ECGs differ from adult ECGs as they tend to vary with age. There are multiple normal variants found in paediatric ECGs and this can make interpreting them difficult. In addition to paediatricians, a wide range of ‘adult-trained’ physicians will encounter and interpret the paediatric ECG. These include primary care physicians, psychiatrists, emergency medicine physicians and anaesthetists.

This online course is an introduction to interpreting the ECG and identifying common abnormalities that are specific to the paediatric patient.

Research Study

This course contains a research study that you are invited to participate in. The research study which will evaluate the course as a learning tool. Participation in this study is voluntary. If you decide not to take part in ECG quiz at 6 months after the course, it will not affect your ability to complete the online education course. However, if you decided to not partake in the quizzes pre and post course then you will be unable to complete the course. The quiz that is administered pre and post the course is an important part of your learning experience and will help to inform your reflective practice. Further information can be obtained from Dr Niall Linnane ( or Dr Jennifer Jones (

What will you learn?

On this online course, you will learn about what an ECG is, when you should perform an ECG, and how to correctly interpret an ECG.

On completion of this online course, participants will be able to;

  • Outline indications for carrying out an ECG
  • Use a structured approach to interpret the normal paediatric ECG
  • Be familiar with common ‘normal age variants’ seen in paediatric ECGs
  • Identify commonly encountered abnormalities in paediatric ECG

Who is this programme suitable for?

This course is suitable for all doctors working in General Paediatrics, primary care physicians, psychiatrics, emergency medicine physicians and anaesthetists.

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