Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart


  • Cynthia Chernecky, PhD, RN, CNS, AOCN, FAAN, Professor, Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing, School of Nursing, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA
  • Kitty Garrett, MSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Nurse Clinician, St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, GA
  • Beverly George-Gay, RN, MSN, CCRN, Formerly Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, Augusta, GA
  • Rebecca Hodges, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Nurse Clinician, St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, GA

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.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-2878-9

Table of Contents

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