Assessing the Utility of ECG Use in the Free Clinic Setting
Electrocardiograms (ECGs) have been a staple in the assessment of chest pain for many years and have been determined to be the most useful bedside test to evaluate myocardial infarctions (MI) and other cardiac events. Populations at a greater risk of developing poor outcomes following cardiac events are often served by student-run free clinics. Many of these clinics may lack ECG machines potentially due to the cost of a machine. This review assesses the utility of ECG testing in the HOPES Clinic, a student-run free clinic in Norfolk, Virginia, and suggests beneficial value in exposing student volunteers to pre-hospital emergency decisions.
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