Pacemaker codes. After our exams are over we do not think about them very often. However, they’re still a useful thing for us to understand when talking to educated patients and our colleagues. Unfortunately, their 5 letter code isn’t the easiest thing to remember. Officially known as the NASPE/BPEG Generic (NBG) Pacemaker Code, it was last revised in 2002  although the odd textbook seems to use older versions. Personally, I can never remember which of the first two letters comes first.
Fortunately, Phil Davis, currently a 5th year resident in the Canadian FRCPC emergency medicine program (which means he is doing little besides studying like a fiend) has come to the rescue with a clever (and beer-inspired) mnemonic to help keep the letters straight. When you need to remember the NBG Pacemaker Codes, think beer. Specifically: Pilsner, Stout, and IPA.
- Bernstein AD, Daubert JC, Fletcher RD, et al. The revised NASPE/BPEG generic code for antibradycardia, adaptive-rate, and multisite pacing. North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology/British Pacing and Electrophysiology Group. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2002; 25(2): 260-4. PMID: 11916002