How is the patient positioned for electrocardiography (ECG)?

Updated: Mar 11, 2019
  • Author: Tarek Ajam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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The standard 12-lead ECG is generally performed with the patient lying quietly in the supine position. Care should be taken to ensure that the skin is clean and trimmed of excess hair in the areas in which the leads are to be placed. In some instances, a mild abrasive pad can be used to prepare the skin in these areas to aid in apposition of the leads.

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