ECG Workout: Exercises in Arrhythmia Interpretation / Edition 6

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Overview

Expert ECG interpretation skills require practice, and this easy-to-use workbook gives you lots of it, with more than 500 ECG practice strips from actual patients designed specifically to identify and enhance the skills you need for safe, effective clinical practice. This new edition features the most recent ACLS guidelines, so you'll know you're providing state-of-the-art cardiac care.

A removable ECG conversion table is included with the text.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This workbook takes the reader through arrhythmia interpretation in a logical step-by-step manner. More than 500 practice strips along with answers are provided. Readers are introduced to each arrhythmia with a discussion of its characteristics and causes.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist healthcare providers develop knowledge and skill in arrhythmia indentification. It may also be used as a reference for ECG interpretation. These objectives are worthwhile and workbooks such as this one are needed by a variety of healthcare providers. The author meets her objectives with this workbook.
Audience: The book is targeted to virtually all healthcare personnel, from physicians and nurses to telemetry technicians and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics. The book is most appropriate for readers who are just beginning to develop ECG interpretation skills.
Features: In addition to anatomy, physiology, and electrophysiology, atrial, sinus, junctional, and ventricular arrhythmias are discussed. Waveforms, cardiac moniters, pacemakers, and analysis of rhythm strips are also covered. For each arrhythmia, identifying features, origin, causes, clinical manifestations, and current treatments are discussed. Multiple rhythm strips and a post-test are provided for the reader, along with answers and explainations for each one. All rhythm strips come from actual patients. The strength of this workbook is the well-written manner in which the content is presented. The content is written at the appropriate level for novices in ECG interpretation, and is presented in a logical fashion that flows throughout the workbook. A wonderful feature is the inclusion of the new ACLS guidelines. The biggest limitation of the book is the lack of an index.
Assessment: This workbook is an excellent selection for a beginning class in ECG identification, or for a self-directed adult learner. The clarity of the explanations of each arrhythmia makes it a worthwhile purchase.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451115536
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Edition description: Sixth
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 77,687
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart 1
2 Electrophysiology 7
3 Waveforms, Intervals, Segments, and Complexes 11
4 Cardiac Monitors 21
5 Analyzing a Rhythm Strip 29
6 Sinus Rhythms 39
7 Atrial Rhythms 79
8 Atrioventricular Junctional Rhythms and Atrioventricular Blocks 121
9 Ventricular Rhythms and Bundle Branch Block 165
10 Pacemakers 211
11 Post-test A 229
Post-test B 249
Appendix: Answers Keys to Chapter 3 and Chapters 5 through 11 269
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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    recommended

    Very helpful in learning to read strips!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

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    EKG WORKOUT

    I found this book to be useful as an EKG Instructor to help students to learn to recognize different arrhythmias,as well as the normal tracing. It was informative in all the topics that it covered. Some of the material was more detail than a student who has no medical background needed but could still be useful for them. I liked the fact that all strips used were actual patient strips and not those generated by computer. The students need to see real strips as well as those that are machine generated in order to better determine what rhythm the patient is in and whether this one is normal,moderately serious,serious,or life threatening. There were plenty of practice strips and a posttest to better determine the knowledge level of each student.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    ECG Workout

    ECG Workout has really been helpful to me as it has been 20 years since I have worked in an ICU/ED setting.
    I found the way the book starts with normal sinus rythm and works up to the irregular patterns was just the right way of progressing. In fact I think I learned better this way than sitting in my original cardiac course that lasted 2 weeks!
    Another thing I really liked is that it has many practice patterns. It also has the answers in the back of the book so that you can see that you are naming the patterns, PR intervals, QRS complexes, etc. correctly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Easy to understand

    This book really helped me understand EKGs for my critical care class. The book is easy to follow, and it takes you through cardiac anatomy first, then ekg's step by step. The exercises at the end of each chapter will help confirm that you really understand the material. I have not looked at other EKG books, so I have nothing to compare this one to, but I am not going to sell this book at the end of the semester. I will keep it for a reference, and would recommend it to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Great, easy to use review book.

    Good overall product. Large variety of ECG strips for review or competency testing with a full variety from novice to expert.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    A great book for medical students and interns

    This is very good book for the novice looking to improve their skills in reading rhythm strips. Although the text does not include 12-lead EKGs, it is perfect for training for CCU and ICU rotations. Each chapter includes a brief review of the various arrhythmias and then the majority of the chapter is devoted for interpretation of about 100 rhythm strips. The rhythm strips include everything from atrial fib./flutter/SVTs, V. tach/fib. and also usual form of AV blocks. The text does not include therapy though. Practice makes prefect, and this is a good way to start.

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