A simplified method for 12-lead ECG electrode placement

Use this method to identify landmarks as an alternative to the sternal notch placement of electrodes for acquiring a 12-lead ECG

This example provides an alternative to the sternal notch placement of electrodes for acquiring a 12-lead ECG. Watch the video to learn how to palpate the ribs to identify landmarks like the intercostal spaces for quick and accurate ECG electrode placement. This technique can also be useful for bariatric patients

Also watch this popular video on how to map a 12-lead ECG to see the heart graphically for better ECG interpretation. And read about why we capture a 12-lead with the first set of vital signs.

This article was originally posted Mar. 19, 2015. It has been updated.

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