Interview with Charles Bloe, course lecturer

Interview with Charles Bloe, course lecturer

Brief interview with Charles Bloe, BSc RGN NDN ITU cert, regarding the recent 12 lead ECG training course in Athlone, on behalf of Promed...

Q. What did the 12 lead ECG workshop involve?
A. We try to make the Promed workshops and courses and interactive as possible. Attendees learn so much more that way. The 12 lead ECG workshop therefore composed of some introductory theoretical content, folowed by a practical instruction and supervision of recording a live ECG. This requires a willing man to partially undress to enable a recording to be demonstrated.  A Dublin based model agency provided us with a fine young specimen of a man that for some reason seemed to focus the attention of the class!!! Every one of the attendees rated the workshop as 10 out of 10 in their evaluation so the combined efforts of me and the model seemed to work!

Q. What were the key learning points and messages that you wanted to communicate?
A. The main focus for the workshop was to reinforce the need to record a 12 lead ECG consistently and accurately. Even within a relatively small group, there appeared to be a number of significant variations in recording technique. Having acquired the skills to record a good quality  ECG the attendees were keen to explore some basic interpretation. The Promed workshops are always very fluid and we quite often end up exploring areas that were not planned. However, by reacting to clinical scenarios that staff have encountered really do maximise the learning experience.

Q. Have there been any advancements in recent years in terms of ECG products and cardiac
screening that better enable health care professionals to care for their patients?
A. There have been vast changes in cardiac monitoring in recent years. There has also been a major shift toward many of these techniques being used in primary care. We focused on the 12 lead ECG and it remains the cornerstone diagnostic test for many cardiac conditions, particularly coronary heart disease. However there are now lots of other diagnostic devices available such as Holter (Event) monitors and even implantable devices that provide continuous surveillance of patients heart rhythm.

Q. What are the advantages of taking part in these workshops?
. The workshops are all delivered by Charles Bloe Training's team of clinical specialists. These are people that have everyday experience in challenging clinical situations. Their experience enables them to impart evidence based professional development to attendees. The attendees at the Promed workshops work in primary care. Sometimes what happens in hospital settings is unknown to many of them. These workshops provide a relaxed and informal opportunity to brush up on important practical and clinical skills.

Q. Can you outline your background?
A. My 25 year nursing career has been spent in acute cardiac settings in a variety of Charge Nurse, Clinical Manager and Nurse Specialist roles. Charles Bloe Training was established 12 years ago to deliver relevant clinical training delivered by credible professionals that know what its like to work at the 'sharp end' of clinical practice. My current role is Clinical Manager for Cardiac Services at NHS Highland in the north of Scotland. I combine this role with that of Managing Director and Clinical Lead for Charles Bloe Training.

Charles Bloe Training and Promed have been delivering bespoke training workshops to Irish nurses and GPs for many years. Our association continues to flourish and in recent years we've added an exciting portfolio of online training courses to the mix. Promed are more committed to customer support and education than any other company we know and we are delighted to continue this training partnership. We have a full calendar of courses booked in for 2011 and will no doubt offer more in years to come. "

For details of upcoming courses hosted by Charles Bloe, in association with Promed, please check out our seminars section.

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