EKG in a Heartbeat / Edition 1

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It only takes a heartbeat to find the information that you need!

Concise and fast, EKG in a Heartbeat cuts to the chase and provides you with the information you need at the tip of your fingers. Appropriate as a standalone or as a companion to any comprehensive EKG text, this pocket guide provides all of the essentials necessary for EKG analysis. The only text with a comprehensive coverage of rhythm and 12-lead analysis, features include:

  • Algorithms for rhythm interpretation, axis, hypertrophy, bundle branch blocks and hemiblocks.
  • A 12-lead interpretation checklist.
  • Rhythm pictorials, tables, charts, and graphs throughout offering quick tips on EKG interpretation.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a pocket guide designed for healthcare professionals that already have a basic understanding of EKG interpretation. It has a number of algorithms and charts such as a rhythm regularity summary.
Purpose: According to the author, the pocket guide's purpose is to be a quick reference for healthcare professionals in the clinical setting. It is not a complete EKG textbook in miniature. The book assumes prior EKG knowledge and provides the "bare bones" essentials needed for rhythm interpretation.
Audience: The author that the user needs to have basic EKG interpretation skills. A novice in EKG interpretation would struggle with this pocket guide as it does not include the depth and extra explanations found in typical EKG books. This pocket guide is not for the learner who is a novice in 12-lead EKG interpretation.
Features: The book presents all of the basic arrhythmias and approximately half of the book includes 12-lead EKG interpretation. The summaries on atrial, junctional, and ventricular arrhythmias are quite helpful, as are the rhythm regularity summary. The font size used for the algorithms is quite small, and that could be a challenge for some readers. Additionally, no references are included.
Assessment: This is a useful pocket guide. It must be stressed, however, that the user must have prior knowledge and experience in basic EKG and 12-lead interpretation. It is definitely not intended for the novice in EKG interpretation.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130614407
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 4.09 (w) x 5.99 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

-How to Analyze a Rhythm Strip.
-How to Determine the Regularity of a Rhythm.
-Rhythm Regularity Summary.
-How to Calculate Heart Rate.
-Heart Rate Chart.
-How to Determine Intervals.
-The “Skinny” on Sinus Rhythms.
-Sinus Rhythms Pictorial.
-The “Skinny” on Atrial Rhythms.
-Atrial Rhythms Pictorial.
-The “Skinny” on Junctional Rhythms.
-Junctional Rhythms Pictorial.
-The “Skinny” on Ventricular Rhythms.
-Ventricular Rhythms Pictorial.
-The “Skinny” on AV Blocks.
-AV Blocks Pictorial.
-Main Algorithm for EKG Rhythm Interpretation.
-Sinus Algorithm.
-Sinus Interruptions Algorithm.
-Atrial Algorithm.
-Junctional Algorithm.
-Ventricular Algorithm.
-AV Block Algorithm.
-Pacemaker Malfunctions.
-Lead Placement for a Standard 12-lead EKG.
-12-lead EKG Interpretation in a Nutshell.
-12-lead EKG Interpretation Checklist.
-How to Calculate the Electrical Axis.
-How to Determine the Axis Quadrant.
-How to Determine the Most Isoelectric QRS Complex.
-The Perpendicular Rainbow.
-Axis Determination Algorithm.
-Bundle Branch Block/Hemiblock Algorithm.
-Criteria for Bundle Branch Blocks and Hemiblocks.
-Hypertrophy Algorithm.
-Evolution of an MI.
-How to Determine the Age of anMI.
-Infarction Squares.
-MI Criteria.
-Myocardial Infarction Algorithm.
-Anterior MI Pictorial.
-Inferior MI Pictorial.
-Lateral MI Pictorial.
-Posterior MI Pictorial.
-Extensive Anterior MI Pictorial.
-Anteroseptal MI Pictorial.
-Subendocardial MI Pictorial.
-Lead Placement for a Right-sided EKG.
-Right Ventricular Infarction.
-Early Repolarization.
-Miscellaneous EKG Effects.
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