On October 15, 2008, Lynne left me this comment:
I’m an EMT-B that just found your blog. My agency allows EMT-Bs to perform 12-leads prehospital, so that doctors and paramedics at the hospital have a printout to look at. Also, if our monitor sees an Acute MI or something critical going on with the heart, we know to hurry it up.
Do you have a 12-lead placement diagram? I’ve been taught where and so on and so forth, but after reading your blog, I’m betting you’d have a nifty diagram. I’m going to print it out and tuck it in my protocol book for reference.
Here are the diagrams you requested.
You can also download a quick reference card from Physio-Control here.
Update 12/06/08: This is one of the most frequently visited pages on the Prehospital 12 Lead ECG blog. Since many of you are looking for right sided and posterior lead placement, here are some additional diagrams.
Precordial lead placement with the V4 electrode in the position of V4R:
ABC of clinical electrocardiography – Acute myocardial infarction – Part 1. BMJ 2002; 324:831-834:
Right sided precordial leads