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Ep19: ECG Lead Placement (BEEP)

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White – right

Clouds over grass (white over green)

Smoke over fire (black over red)

Chocolate on the stomach (brown)





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Podcast Transcription

Alright, this next one is to help you remember your ECG lead placement. So, I’m a nurse, I’ve been a nurse for 6 years and I still use the same memory device everytime I’m putting on one of these. So, that’s very classic and it’s a go-to, it’s very helpful, still use it today. So, I’m not gonna go over the exact anatomical location of where they go. This is just kind of a general location. We have other information where we can go a little bit deeper into that. But this is, just so you know, the general area of where to put these leads. So, the memory device is white right, clouds over grass, smoke over fire, and chocolate on the stomach. So, that means, white right, you’re grabbing your white lead first, throw that on the kinda right upper chest shoulder kinda lower shoulder area. So, white right. Clouds over grass, so, white over greens, so second I grab my green lead and I put it on the right side kinda lower chest area. And smoke over fire, black over red, so, you’re putting the black lead on the left side kinda opposite where that white one is. Same thing with your red one, for your smoke over fire and that’s kinda opposite where your green one is, and then chocolate on the stomach. So, you’re not putting the brown lead directly on the stomach, but, on the center of their chest, somewhat. So, again, I want you to make sure you’re looking at exactly where these leads go on patients. And it’s really helpful to actually look at a diagram instead of me trying to explain it to you. But, the mnemonic or the memory device is white right, clouds over grass, smoke over fire, and chocolate on the stomach. So, that should help you when you’re, you know, pulling up their gown and putting their leads on for the first time. It’s much easier to remember that than to remember the lead number and the exact, you know, anatomical location. So, I hope that helps you when you’re putting on your ECG leads.


This has been another episode of the nursing mnemonics podcast by with your host, Katie Kleber, RN, CCRN. To grab all of our nursing cheat sheets, head over to That’s Thank you so much for being here today. We love you guys. We thank you so much. We want to see you guys succeed. Listen, we’re all in this together. Now, go out and be your best self today. Happy Nursing.

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