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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This handbook provides both EKG component information and rhythm practice opportunities for readers. It includes a step-by-step method for analyzing rhythm strips and 12-lead EKGs.
Purpose: It is designed to "provide practical, up-to-date information for the novice, the advanced student, or the clinician to assist in identifying and analyzing rhythm strips as well as exploring other major topics related to the EKG." Books such as these are needed, as new contributions serve to meet the learning needs and styles of today's healthcare workers, whether student or practitioner.
Audience: The intended audience ranges from novice to advanced students, plus practicing clinicians, according to the author. This is a difficult task. It seems to be most valuable for novices to use to learn EKG basics and EKG analysis. It can be helpful for practicing clinicians as a reference.
Features: The handbook is divided into two distinct sections: one on basic EKG components including analysis of a rhythm strip and a 12-Lead EKG, and one with more than 30 rhythms, as well as self-tests for rhythm analysis practice. The book uses many figures, tables, and bulleted lists to convey the information. The figures are presented in a pleasing green shade that is easy to view. It also has an extensive, up-to-date reference section.
Assessment: This is an ideal resource especially for clinicians in either the outpatient or inpatient setting, and for novice EKG students. Advanced students would be better served by a more in-depth text. This is comparable to many of the EKG books/pocket guides currently available, but it is up-to-date with an excellent reference section often lacking in books designed to fit in a lab coat pocket.