When you arrive at the Ambulance Waiting Area, check in with the patient flow coordinator (PFC) at the front desk.To check in, you need your Government-issued health card (OHIP card).
To check in, write your name on the ECG sign-in sheet.
We do ECGs in the order people arrived at the Ambulance Waiting Area. When it is your turn, your name will be called and you will be taken to the ECG room. The technician will check your OHIP card to verify your name, date of birth and possibly your address. This is done to confirm your identity, so the proper testing will be done.
For the ECG, the technician will ask you to remove any jewellery you are wearing, including wedding rings. You will change into a hospital gown.
You will lie comfortably on a table and the technician will clean, and possibly shave, the areas on your body where the electrodes will be attached. Electrode discs will be placed on your chest, arms and legs. The technician may put a special ECG paste or alcohol-soaked pads between your skin and the electrodes.
After the electrodes are attached, the technician will perform the ECG. The technician will ask you to lie very still during the ECG, which will last for roughly 3 minutes. The ECG does not hurt.
When the ECG is over, the technician will remove the electrodes from your skin and wipe off the paste if any was used. The technician will then help you up from the bed, and you can change back into your clothing.
How Long Will Your Appointment Be?
An appointment at the Ambulance Waiting Area usually takes less than 1 hour.
We do our best to see you as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there may be a lineup of people ahead of you, or we may have to deal with a medical emergency.
We recommend that you come prepared for delays. For example, make sure that your arrangements for things like babysitting, elder care and parking can accommodate a longer than usual wait time.
Getting the Results
The results of your ECG will be available as soon as the test is done and entered into your electronic health record. Your doctor will be told that the results are available right away.