The ECG in Emergency Decision Making


  • Hein Wellens, MD, PhD, Professor of Cardiology, University of Maastricht; Chairman, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Maastricht; Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Mary Conover, RN, BSN, Educational Director, Critical Care Conferences, Santa Cruz, CA

Offering step-by-step instructions, this text describes how to use 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) to make rapid and informed decisions in emergencies. It shows how to recognize the underlying mechanism of a cardiac emergency, its significance, and the best treatment. A brief outline of these steps is followed by complete, in-depth coverage.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2005
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-0259-8

Table of Contents

1. Acute Myocardial Infarction
2. ECG Identification of High-Risk Patients with Unstable Angina
3. Wide QRS Tachycardia
4. Narrow QRS Tachycardia
5. Monogenic Diseases Leading to Cardiac Arrhythmias and Sudden Death
6. Slow Atrial Rhythms
7. Atrioventricular Block
8. ECG Recognition of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
9. Digitalis-Induced Emergencies
10. Other Drug-Induced Emergencies
11. Potassium-Related Emergencies
12. Pacing Emergencies
13. Prehospital Cardiac Emergencies
Appendix 1. Emergency Axis Determination
Appendix 2. Electrical Treatment Of Arrhythmias
Appendix 3. Emergency Drugs