What happens when my child has an ECG?

What happens when my child has an ECG?


I’m Ruby and I’m here to get an ECG done to me Hi Ruby, my name is Donna I’m going to take you into this room today to do an ECG Dad can take a seat over there and you
can take a big jump onto this bed for me Good girl Okay and what we’re going to do is puts lots of stickers on you to do this test Okay so if you can take your top off for me because I need to put some on your tummy You take a little lie back for me what I need you to do is just lie nice and still and I’ll get you to uncross your legs Okay We’re going to put 10 stickers on you one on each arm and leg and six across your chest and it’s going to pick up your heartbeat Why do I need an ECG? The doctors asked for you to get an ECG to make sure that you’re in a normal heart rhythm because when your heart beats it sends out little signals and this machine can pick it up and give it a little picture for the doctors Will it hurt? No, it doesn’t hurt at all What we do is put the stickers on they might feel a little bit cold and a little tickly but it doesn’t hurt these stickers and then we’ll hook you up to the machine and that just picks up the signals, it doesn’t send out anything, any signals to you okay So I’m going to put one on each arm It tickles a little bit doesn’t it because there’s a little bit of jelly on the sticker it makes it a bit tickly, a bit cold I put one on each leg How long will it take? It doesn’t take very long at all it only takes a couple of minutes I just need to get the stickers on,
get you hooked up to the machine and then you lie nice and still and it will all be done These need to go in the correct place so I need to feel your ribs Okay? I’ll put that little sticker on here and that marks the first spot and then we can put the rest on Do I have cold hands? The last two Here we go I’m going to connect you to the machine using these little cables Here we are So there are certain numbers on each of these cables which tells me what sticker to put it onto Here we go The most important thing you need to do once we’re all hooked up is to stay nice and still like a little statue Do you think you can manage that? Last two I need you to keep your body nice and relaxed as if you were going for a wee sleep Stay nice and still for me, okay Now you can see on the screen we’ve got
all your squiggles all your little heart signals here and we’re just going to print it off for the doctor So you just stay nice and still for me So now, that’s you all done We’ll just get you unplugged Was that okay? Yes

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