Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the result of continuous and rapid activation of the atria by multiple asynchronous electrical impulses. This micro skills course reviews the aetiology, physiology and diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and the management decisions which relate to aetiology, chronicity and level of clinical risk. The micro skills course also explores the management of both acute and chronic atrial fibrillation, including pre-operative assessment for the patient with established atrial fibrillation and management of new onset of atrial fibrillation occurring in the peri-operative period.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Anaesthetists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe the physiology of electrical impulses resulting in atrial fibrillation
  3. Diagnose atrial fibrillation from 12 lead ECG
  4. Outline the principles upon which clinical decisions are made with regard to the management of acute and chronic atrial fibrillation
  5. Describe both pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions used in the treatment of atrial fibrillation
  6. Make informed choices regarding the peri-operative management of a patient who presents in atrial fibrillation

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.