Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart

2nd Edition


  • Cynthia Chernecky
  • Kitty Garrett
  • Beverly George-Gay
  • Rebecca Hodges
    • Print ISBN 9781416028789

    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.

    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


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    About the editors

    Cynthia Chernecky

    Affiliations and Expertise

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

    Kitty Garrett

    Affiliations and Expertise

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

    Beverly George-Gay

    Affiliations and Expertise

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

    Rebecca Hodges

    Affiliations and Expertise

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