The Department of Health in Calabarzon, in partnership with the Philippine Heart Center, concluded two batches of ECG (electrocardiogram) trainings for nurses and radiologic technicians of selected municipalities and cities of the region held at Ciudad Christhia 9 Waves Resort in San Mateo, Rizal.
DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said the ECG Interpretation Course will give health workers working in the rural areas the competency and the knowledge of interpreting and analyzing electrocardiogram strips.
“This will provide early recognition of abnormal rhythms, which will result in an appropriate medical intervention and timely transfer of patient to a tertiary hospital without delay,” he said.
The training was given to selected health facilities in the provinces who received the ECG machines with analyzer from the DOH under the Health Facility Enhancement Program.
Cavite has 27 ECG Machines with analyzer; Laguna with four, Batangas with five, and Quezon province with one ECG machine with analyzer.
“With these skills, our health workers in the region can now utilize these machines and provide ECG tests to patients in the community and need not go to a distant hospital just to have their tests,” he said.
Janairo also pointed out that DOH-Calabarzon will also provide training to heath workers to develop their competencies and maximize their potentials and expertise in the use of other modern health devices, such as operating a digital x-ray machine and a portable ultrasound.
The electrocardiogram is a diagnostic tool used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. The electrodes placed on the chest walls detect electrical impulses that are generated by the heart.
These are interpreted by a physician, who can learn the heart rate and rhythm as well as blood flow to the ventricles.
Currently, a total of 38 doctors, 28 nurses, and 12 radiologic technicians are trained in ECG deployed in various health facilities in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.