Transcutaneous Pacing – Skills
Refresher for transcutaneous pacing. Please check with your facilities policies and procedures.
What is Noninvasive Transcutaneous Pacing?
NTP is the technique of electrically stimulating the heart by use of a set of pads placed externally
on the torso. ECG electrodes are also placed on the patient to sense ventricular events
(spontaneous or paced), and the pulse generator delivers a wave pulse when a predetermined
escape interval has elapsed. The stimulus is intended to cause cardiac depolarization and
subsequent myocardial contraction. NTP is a method to secure cardiac pacing quickly and
effectively until a transvenous pacemaker can be inserted or the condition necessitating pacing