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Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart

Using lighthearted cartoons and mnemonic tools, this easy-to-read guide simplifies and clearly explains the heart and how it works. It covers the principles of ECG interpretation, to help you understand ECG rhythm and its relationship to cardiac electrophysiology. The 2nd edition features two new chapters on normal sinus rhythm and idioventricular rhythms. Over 100 NCLEX® examination-style questions are included, with 2-3 rhythm strips at the end of most chapters, and 30 more at the end of the book to practice interpretation.

Paperback, 432 Pages

Published: December 2005

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4160-2878-9


  • 1. Anatomy and Physiology

    2. Reference Points for Rhythm Strip Measurments

    3. Principles of Rhythm Interpretation & Waveform Analysis

    4. Measuring Atrial and Ventricular Rates

    5. Analyzing the Rhythm Strip

    6. Troubleshooting Problems in Waveforms

    7. Electrocardiogram: Monitoring and Electrode Placement

    8. Normal Sinus Rhythm (NEW)

    9. Sinus Dysrhythmias

    10. Atrial Dysrhythmias

    11. Junctional Dysrhythmias

    12. Premature Ventricular Contractions

    13. Ventricular Tachycardia

    14. Ventricular Fibrillation

    15. Idioventricular Rhythms (NEW)

    16. Asystole or Ventricular Standstill

    17. Atrioventricular Blocks

    18. Cardiac Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests

    19. Myocardial Infarction

    20. Pericarditis and Cardiac Tamponade

    21. Drug Effects, Toxicities and Electrolytes

    22. Conduction Defects and Accessory Pathways

    23. Special Considerations

    24. Rhythm Strip Test


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