Recognition of Long QT interval syndrome and related monitoring of patients with Drug Overdose
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Recognition of Long QT interval syndrome and related monitoring of patients with Drug Overdose

Presenter Anne Evans Murray - Health Education Pty Ltd

Anne has extensive experience, with 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University, where she lectured for the Masters of Critical Care course.

She currently also lectures at Bond University Medical School.

In addition to her Nursing qualifications, Anne holds the following qualifications; B. Health Sc., CC Cert. Grad Cert Critical Care. Credentialed Critical Care Nurse (ACCN), Grad. Dip. Ed., Masters of Education, Registered Counsellor: Diploma of Professional Counseling and a Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment.

Anne is a Professional Member Australian Counseling Association  (PMACA) and The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN).

She has written three books; “ECG’s Simply - Cardiac Arrhythmias Made Easy”, “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and “Uncomplicating Life, Simply”.

Anne is also a frequent presenter at workshops, seminars and conferences throughout Australia and New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias & ECG interpretation, chest x-rays, Assessment of the Deteriorating Patient, leadership skills, self development , assertion training and and counselling skills.

She also conducts accredited advanced life support (ALS) training for nurses and doctors.

As well as these activities Anne also has her private counseling practice, and is a frequent presenter at the educational events throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Anne has a commitment and passion for empowering people through increased knowledge with the hope that such knowledge will lead to improvement in patient outcomes and enhance your performance satisfaction.

Course Content

Mental health disorders in Australian adults are increasing with an estimation that 45 % of Australians will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime. Attempted suicide with overdose of antidepressants are increasing as well. Unfortunately, antidepressants have known side effects of Sudden Cardiac Death by prolonging the QT interval on an ECG.  Knowledge and skills of monitoring of Long QT interval applies to not only nurses in critical care and emergency department but to general ward nurses, and psychiatric nurses who are also responsible for assessing and monitoring patients after an antidepressant overdose. Other drugs such as antibiotics may also increase the QT interval and predispose a patient to a syncopal or cardiac arrest event.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the Inherited and Acquired Long QT Syndrome
  • Recognise Long QT interval on an ECG
  • Explore/Examine the implications of the QT interval prolonging and the increased likelihood of sudden cardiac death SCD.
  • Discuss other drugs and disorders that affect the QT interval and how it relates to SCD