Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies and Evoked Potentials (SPS222)

Work-based learning outcomes

  1. Plan, prepare and perform nerve conduction studies obtaining recordings from the upper and lower limbs in adult and/or paediatric patients referred for investigation of disorders of the peripheral nervous system, eg carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, etc
  2. Assist in electromyography (EMG) studies and identify the electropotentials associated with electromyography
  3. Plan, prepare and perform evoked potential studies (visual, auditory and somatosensory) and measure visual acuity and hearing and sensory threshold
  4. Interpret the data and produce high-quality reports with respect to nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials, and differentiate between artefact and physiological occurrences
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1,2,3

Control infection risks in accordance with departmental protocols

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2 1,2,3

Minimise risks and hazards in compliance with health and safety policies

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3 1,2

Prepare for nerve conduction studies including the environment, equipment and patient

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4 1,2,3

Explain the procedure for each type of investigation to the patient and address any questions they may have relating to the procedure, including the process after the procedure and how the patient will be informed of the results

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5 1,3

Gain informed consent for each investigation

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6 1

Identify and place recording and stimulating electrodes at the correct sites of the major peripheral nerves and obtain recordings of nerve conduction studies (upper and lower limbs)

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7 2

Observe/assist in EMG recording

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8 1,2,3

Identify the cause(s) of errors and recognise the non-pathological effects on the recording on nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials and their elimination

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9 1

Interpret the results and formulate accurate reports for peripheral nerve conduction studies, recognising the pathophysiological changes

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10 3

Plan and prepare for evoked potentials (visual, auditory and somatosensory)

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11 3

Perform evoked potentials (visual, auditory and somatosensory) using a range of stimulators

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12 4

Interpret the results and formulate accurate factual reports for peripheral nerve conduction studies

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13 4

Interpret the results and formulate accurate factual reports for evoked potentials (visual, auditory and somatosensory), recognise, label and critically evaluate the major components of all modalities of evoked potentials

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You must complete
3 Case-based discussion(s)
2 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Perform carpal tunnel syndrome screening procedure DOPS
Perform visual evoked potential DOPS
Perform brainstem auditory evoked potential DOPS
Perform upper limb somatosensory evoked potentials DOPS
Perform lower limb somatosensory evoked potentials DOPS
Perform a peripheral neuropathy screen DOPS
Take a patient history OCE
Apply electrodes/transducers OCE
Assess sensory threshold OCE
Explain procedure and obtain informed consent OCE
Assess visual acuity OCE
Assess hearing threshold OCE
Apply electrodes/transducers for peripheral neuropathy screenq OCE
Apply electrodes/transducers for carpal tunnel syndrome screening procedure OCE
Apply electrodes/transducers for lower limb somatosensory evoked potentials OCE