Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781416028789

Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart

2nd Edition

Authors: Cynthia Chernecky Kitty Garrett Beverly George-Gay Rebecca Hodges
Paperback ISBN: 9781416028789
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 14th December 2005
Page Count: 432

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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


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.

Key Features

  • Unique presentation of content allows students to survive and thrive.
  • Material is presented using adult learning principles and various active-learning strategies to engage nursing students of all ages, backgrounds, and learning styles.
  • Consistent chapter format breaks down information into small units and reinforces an effective thinking process.
  • Special icons for Lifespan Considerations, Cultural Implications, Web Links, and Cautions help the student quickly identify special content in the chapter.
  • Memory-reinforcing interactive activities (including fill-in the blank, matching, word jumbles, true/false, and crossword puzzles) promote student learning.
  • Clinical terms and shorthand expressions are highlighted in parentheses to expose students to terminology that they will hear in the hospital setting.
  • Boxed Take Home Points provide the benefit of years of nursing experience that students can use to prepare for their clinical rotation.
  • Original cartoon-character illustrations walk the student through difficult subjects with a lighthearted approach.


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About the Authors

Cynthia Chernecky Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing, School of Nursing, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA

Kitty Garrett Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Critical Care Nurse Clinician, St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, GA

Beverly George-Gay Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, Augusta, GA

Rebecca Hodges Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Critical Care Nurse Clinician, St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, GA