Cathal Breen

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BACKGROUND Ambulatory surgery continues to grow in quantity and complexity of procedures. Effective measures of "quality" are not readily apparent. "Unplanned admission rate" may well reflect the quality of care in this area. Identifying factors related to this event could be helpful in quality assessment and improvement. METHODS A review of all unplanned(More)
INTRODUCTION This study investigated eye tracking technology for 12 lead electrocardiography interpretation to Healthcare Scientist students. METHODS Participants (n=33) interpreted ten 12 lead ECG recordings and randomized to receive objective individual appraisal on their efforts either by traditional didactic format or by eye tracker software. (More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study is to present and evaluate the integration of a low resource JavaScript based ECG training interface (CrowdLabel) and a standardised curriculum for self-guided tuition in ECG interpretation. METHODS Participants practiced interpreting ECGs weekly using the CrowdLabel interface to assist with the learning of the(More)
The 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) is an important diagnostic support tool but is frequently incorrectly interpreted. This is partly due to the fact that even expert clinicians can impulsively provide a diagnosis based on first impression/intuition. It is therefore imperative to optimise how physicians interpret the 12-lead ECG. Hence, a set of interactive(More)
BACKGROUND Recently under the Connected Health initiative, researchers and small-medium engineering companies have developed Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring devices that incorporate non-standard limb electrode positions, which we have named the Central Einthoven (CE) configuration. OBJECTIVES The main objective of this study is to compare ECG signals(More)
BACKGROUND This paper describes the clinical outcomes from a novel direct access arrhythmia monitoring service. METHODS The study was carried out in the north of Scotland. Data was collected over a 29 month period between 18 June 2008 and 8 November 2010 from consecutive cases from two groups of patients, general practitioner (GP) direct access and(More)
INTRODUCTION The 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) presents a plethora of information and demands extensive knowledge and a high cognitive workload to interpret. Whilst the ECG is an important clinical tool, it is frequently incorrectly interpreted. Even expert clinicians are known to impulsively provide a diagnosis based on their first impression and often(More)
This article reports the design and testing of a novel interactive method, abbreviated to ANALYSE (systemAtic aNALYsiS of Electrocardiography) to assist interpretation of 12-lead electrocardiogram. 15 participants interpreted a total of 150 12-lead electrocardiogram recordings randomly using a standard and this novel (ANALYSE) reporting format. The overall(More)
Electrocardiograms are typically printed on graph paper. Based on these recordings clinicians look for changes in the various waveforms when they make a diagnosis. In some cases, however, these changes are not always obvious on the standard printed 12-lead ECG. For this reason researchers have developed different methods for presenting ECG information. This(More)
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