Two surgeons and the ECG: A double blind study
2012 (English)In: Journal of acute disease, ISSN 2221-6189, Vol. 1, no 1, 13-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To assess the capability of operating abdominal and orthopaedic surgeons to analyze a set of standardized ECG.
Twenty operating abdominal and orthopaedic surgeons at a university hospital were included. Each participant analyzed a set of five standardized ECG with an answering scheme for eight different items, giving a maximum score of 40. The answers were matched according to specialty and experience of the doctors of less than 5 years, between 5 and 10 years or more than 10 years. The reference standard was set by two independent consultants in cardiology.
The mean overall score was 25.25 (63.13%±4.78%) varying between 38 (95%) and 20(50%). Abdominal surgeons performed a mean score of 27.625 (69.06%±9.53%), and orthopaedic surgeons 23.67 points (59.17%±3.69%). The difference between the performance of abdominal and orthopaedic surgeons was not significant (P=0.09). 20/20 surgeons identified ST-elevation and no surgeon accepted the ECG showing acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction as normal.
Abdominal and orthopaedic surgeons provided an answering scheme are able to interprete the ECG and identify both the normal and the ECG showing life-threatening pathology. The hypothesis that surgeons were unable to interprete the ECG must be rejected.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hainan, China: Hainan Medical University , 2012. Vol. 1, no 1, 13-17 p.
ECG; Electrocardiography; Abdominal surgeon; Orthopaedic surgeon; Double blind
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102675DOI: 10.1016/S2221-6189(13)60046-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-102675DiVA: diva2:680765