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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elaine C Hannigan, RN, MSN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: Using clear, easy-to-read illustrations, this book helps beginning practitioners learn how to analyze and interpret ECG rhythm strips while providing more experienced practitioners with a good review.
Purpose: The purpose is to "assist physicians, nurses, medical and nursing students, paramedics, EMTs and other allied health personnel in acquiring the knowledge and skills essential for identifying basic arrhythmias." In order to stay current in the field, arrhythmia interpretation practice is essential, and this book appears to meet the objectives very well.
Audience: The book is targeted at medical personnel who perform basic ECG interpretation or who wish to learn more about it. The author is a credentialed arrhythmia and ACLS instructor.
Features: A quick review of the anatomy and physiology of the heart, electrophysiology, and identification of waveforms, intervals, and segments begins the book. The remaining chapters are devoted to large, easy-to-read practice rhythm strips. The book is divided into chapters describing sinus arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias, blocks, and paced rhythms and concludes with an excellent test. An easy to understand answer key is provided for all rhythm strips. A unique feature is the inclusion of perforated flash cards readers can remove from the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent book and I recommend its use as a review prior to ACLS certification or as a text for a class in beginning rhythm strip interpretation. It is not designed for 12-lead ECG interpretation practice.