Transcutaneous Pacing – Skills

Transcutaneous Pacing

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



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