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Use analogies to make basic ECG concepts comprehensible and memorable for your students! The anatomy of the heart is like a house with rooms and doors. The intra-atrial and internodal pathways are like highways. Your students will absorb ECG interpretation like a sponge!This diverting, EZ-to-read approach, coupled with sound educational theory, encourages learning in students who are frustrated by the non-descriptive, formulaic writing found in most other textbooks. It's an alternative to the staid, jumpy approach found in other introductory ECG texts:
• Well written, and in a style that is lighthearted and entertaining
• A highly visual approach with illustrations and boxes that engage students
• Peppered with analogies that make learning fun
• "Building block" approach that progressively layers the content for students from simple to complex
This is the book your students will use to understand the basic concepts of ECG, develop their ability to identify rhythms (especially life-threatening ones), and learn the appropriate response to patients with life-threatening rhythms.
"I think the "Now You Know" section is crucial to summarizing what was covered in the chapters...particularly if a person is short on time and wants to get the highlights. I also like the fill in the blanks at the end of each chapter.
I think it's a good way to self assess...It reminds me a little of the book I used to learn EKGs by Dubin, but I think this one is set up a little better. It also explains things more clearly." — Lauren Staple, Student Reviewer
Section 1: Learning the Basics
1. A Hearty Tour
2. (Dis)charge It
3. The ECG Canvas
4. Location, Location, Location
Section 2: Getting More Technical
5. The Shape of Things to Come
6. Cars and Carts: From P-Wave to QRS Complex
7. The Intraventricular Superhighway
8. The Language of ECG
9. Rhythm Rules
Section 3: Moving to the Rhythm
10. Sinus Rhythms
11. Atrial Rhythms
12. Junctional Rhythms
13. Ventricular Rhythms
Section 4: Contemplating Conduction
14. The Mental Block of AV Blocks
15. Detours on the Intraventricular Highways
Section 5: Taking Advanced Lessons
16. Pacemakers: Avoiding Early Retirement
17. Some Artifacts Aren't Rare or Valuable
18. Timing Really Is Everything
19. Are There Really Three I's in MI?
Cutting Through the Haze
Posted October 29, 2008
I have been an RN for almost 2 1/2 years. I am a new ICU nurse (4 months) and I really needed to learn my rhythms. I took ekg classes prior to starting the ICU and I just didn't get it. When I bought this book, everything made sense. I learn by analogies and there were so many! Blocks are easy for me now! When I took my ACLS class, it was a breeze. I got every question on the test(s) right! My confidence has increased greatly too since the analogies have improved my memory. The only downside is that there isn't coverage on 12 lead from what I've seen (haven't made it to section 3 yet) and they don't go into detail about the drugs that would be given. Other than that it is a great foundation. There are so many practice strips it's amazing. Great book.
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Posted May 5, 2010
This book is useful, it breaks things down and presents them in ways that makes it easier to learn. it is comprehensive and covers a wealth of knowledge on this subject!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2011
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