Electrode Placement and Lead Selection

Proper electrode placement is essential to acquire accurate ECG strips. ECG monitor manufacturers provide safe use instructions that will include electrode placement guidelines specific to their products. Always adhere to your facility policy and procedure when administering any patient care.

The following are some general guidelines when performing an ECG:

Bipolar limb leads I, II and III

Each bipolar leads has a positive (-) and (+) electrode. Bipolar leads can provide information about the direction and amplitude of a depolarization wave as it moves through the myocardium.

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