Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I change / add content?
- ECGpedia is based on Mediawiki, the same software that is used by the Wikipedia encyclopedia. You are invited to improve this website. Simply click 'edit' to start. You will be redirected to an edit screen. Read this tutorial and this cheatsheet to learn how to improve the readability of your edits. All edits are screened by physician moderators.
- Can I use a certain image / animation / video / piece of text in a non-commercial presentation?
- Yes, in most cases you can. There are however certain exceptions to this rule. Some images on ECGpedia were provided by book or journal publishers who gave us permission to use that image on this site. The descriptions of these images will read something like: "reproduced with permission from...". If you want to use such items, you will have to ask the entity that holds the copyright. All material that is made by or for the Cardionetworks foundation is available for use and basis for your presentation according to a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license. If you cut the ECGpedia logo from a certain image, you will have to state elsewhere in the presentation that you obtained the material from ECGpedia, e.g. "ECG courtesy of Dr. Koster and ECGpedia.org". We do appreciate it when you let us know that if you have used content from ECGpedia, just to have an idea who our audience is.
- Can I use a certain image / animation / video / piece of text in a commercial presentation?
- In general yes, but not without asking. In general we will not object you using any of our material as long as you do not copy-paste the whole website on a CD and sell it for money :-)... Please e-mail us for permission.
- How can I use a flash movie from your site in my powerpoint presentation?
- Read this document by Adobe to learn how.
- When do I know enough to say that I can confidently interprete ECGs?
- Of course, there is no definite answer to this question. However, the American College of Cardiology has published a list of abnormalities a professional should be able to recognize. It is advisable to go through this list at the end of the course in order to recognize areas that need your attention. Understanding every item on the list does not guarantee that you will make the right decisions in every clinical situation.
- Who are the people behind ECGpedia?
- ECGpedia is an initiative of Cardionetworks.org a non-profit foundation whose goals is to advance medical knowledge, especially in the field of cardiology. The main contributors are: Jonas S.S.G. de Jong MD, cardiology resident, author and moderator; I.A.C. van der Bilt, MD, cardiology resident, author and moderator; Tymen T. Keller MD, PhD, cardiology resident, author and moderator; Pieter G. Postema MD, cardiology research fellow, author and moderator; Rob Kreuger, medical illustrator, made most of the drawings; and Bart Duineveld, medical student, helps with technical issues, animations and lay-out.
- My own ECG shows an abnormality what should I do?
- The information on this site should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. For questions like these we advise you to contact your physician.
- Can I trust the information on your site?
ECGpedia is an online open-content collaborative project, that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information.
That is not to say that you will not find valuable and accurate information in ECGpedia; much of the time you will. However, ECGpedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields.
ECGpedia contains articles on many medical topics; however, no warranty whatsoever is made that any of the articles are accurate. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. Articles on ECGpedia can be edited by nonprofessionals. Even if a statement made about medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.
The medical information provided on ECGpedia is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse, pharmacist/chemist, and so on). ECGpedia is not a doctor.
None of the individual contributors, system operators, developers, sponsors of ECGpedia nor anyone else connected to ECGpedia can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information presented on this web site.
Nothing on ECGpedia.org or included as part of any project of The Cardionetworks Foundation, should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.
- Do you protect the privacy of the patients whose ECGs / images / cases are presented?
- All material on this site is checked so any information that could breech a patients privacy is removed as soon as possible, in accordance to applicable Dutch laws.
- Please realize that when you post comments on the discussion pages or edit a page it will be readable to everyone.
- What is the financial source of this project?
- The Cardionetworks.org foundation is a non-profit charity foundation. The content of all websites maintained by the cardionetworks foundation is not influenced by sponsors. As the foundation was only recently started, no outside sources of funding have been contacted and the foundation has been funded privately by the founders. Feel free to contact the foundation if you would like to sponsor or have sponsorship suggestions. We do not allow any advertisements on our sites. We also do not allow sponsors to influence any contents.
- How can I contact you?
- Please contact the secretary of Cardionetworks for any further questions.
- How can I contribute content to ECGpedia?
- ECGpedia is an open access wiki ECG course. Everybody can contribute to this site by creating a user account and loging in. Please e-mail or fax (+31-84-755-0017) us if you have an interesting ECG. All contributors who are known to us, will be added to the authors page.
- Read this information on how to edit a page on ECGpedia.
- Contact us if you would like more information about contributing to ECGpedia
- Contact us for information about contributing financially to Cardionetworks
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