About the Video

The ECG made easy: everything you always wanted to know but never dared ask

The 12-lead ECG is a common and routine test in modern clinical practice. ECG traces therefore often crop up in the medical reports we translate. A good grasp of the basics behind the heart’s electrical activity is essential in order to be able to do this work quickly and well and add value to our professional services.

This knowledge update is aimed both at beginner and more established medical and pharmaceutical translators and authors’ editors. It aims to allay their fears and lack of confidence with the ECG trace we frequently see in medical reports and give them a more comprehensive and fuller picture of what lies behind the typical trace in clinical and pathological terms.

Presentation content: The talk will start with a brief overview of the 4 heart chambers and their function. An elementary understanding of the blood flow cycle through the heart is essential before moving on to examine both normal and spurious ECGs. I will then move on to explain which part of the cycle each wave refers to before presenting a normal electrocardiogram. We will study abnormal traces of common conditions that crop up in daily practice (e.g. atrial fibrillation, left ventricular hypertrophy or bundle branch block). A little time will also be earmarked for the linguistic components of the terminology presented, including an overview of the most common UK-US English nuances we should bear in mind as professional medical editors and translators (e.g. ECG vs. EKG). Towards the end I  quiz attendees on the central messages before closing with some useful references for further study and inviting a Q&A session.

Speaker

Jason Willis-Lee, MITI

Jason graduated in physiology after training as a doctor for over three years at Bristol Medical School including one year’s full hospital training. He put in a brief stint as a clinical research associate before switching into applied linguistics and earning a postgraduate diploma in translating and interpreting from the University of Bath. He now works full time in Madrid as a freelance Med Pharm translator in the Spanish-English and French-English language pairs. He has recently taken a livelier interest in training medical translators on medical topics and is working on developing a knack for explaining technical concepts to a lay audience. Recent work of note includes a publication on best practices whilst working for Spanish/Latin American doctors seeking qualification before the British GMC (ITI Bulletin) and a professional webinar on haematology (eCPD webinars).

Duration

1 hour

Who should watch it?

This knowledge update is aimed both at beginner and more established medical and pharmaceutical translators and authors’ editors. It will aim to allay their fears and lack of confidence with the ECG trace we frequently see in medical reports and give them a more comprehensive and fuller picture of what lies behind the typical trace in clinical and pathological terms.

What are the benefits to you?

After this video you will be more aware of the complexities of ECG and increase your knowledge of the medical translation.

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Comments

  1. It was an excellent webinar in the course of which the speaker shared his in-depth medical knowledge with us. The talk and the illustrations not only tell one about things that are not general knowledge and may crop up when reading ECGs but also remind us of other information on the human heart and its operation. It is a good source of new information and revision of what medical interpreters should be familiar with. Other interpreters also work occasionally with people who have heart conditions and I can also recommend it to them, too so that they can understand and explain what illness someone may suffer from and want to communicate with others..

  2. It is a course for translators/interpreters who want a more in-depth knowledge about the readings of an ECG. A knowledge of how the heart works will make it easier to understand. I really enjoyed the two mini tests that highlighted what we had understood. I feel like I have learned something new.

  3. Kate Sotejeff-Wilson

    I now have a better understanding of how the ECG is used to diagnose specific heart conditions. Very useful!

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