oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - The paediatric electrocardiogram : SASA 2009 Congress prize entries

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Although the basic principles of interpretation of the electrocardiogram (ECG) are identical in children and adults, the paediatric ECG differs significantly from the adult ECG. Interpretation of the paediatric ECG depends on patient age, reflecting the developmental changes in anatomy and physiology that occur in the growing infant or child. In order to avoid errors in interpretation, anaesthesiologists, paediatricians, emergency physicians, etc should be familiar with the normal paediatric ECG and should be aware of the common ECG abnormalities occurring in children.

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