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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Polly A Royal, DNP, RN-BC(Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides novice to expert nurses easily accessible information on rhythms and dysrhythmias. Chapter 7 is especially helpful in pulling all the chapters together to provide a quick bedside reference.
Purpose: The purpose is to "make it easier to learn and remember the many different ECG rhythms found in clinical practice." It is essential for novice to expert nurses to be able to interpret and treat dysrhythmias quickly. Chapter 8 provides interventions to employ to avoid dysrhythmias related to electrolyte imbalance. This book makes learning, remembering, treating, and preventing dysrhythmias easy.
Audience: The intended audience is novice nurses, nurses transitioning from a field of nursing where cardiac monitoring is not the standard to an area where it is, and those needing a general orientation to interpreting rhythm strips. This also will be helpful for use in the clinical setting with students.
Features: The book reviews the basic principles of ECG interpretation, including sinus rhythms, atrial rhythms, junctional rhythms, ventricular rhythms, heart blocks, and paced rhythms. Chapter 7 provides a quick reference for all rhythms and dysrhythmias. A separate chapter addresses three of the most important electrolytes for proper cardiac electrical function — potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Another chapter covers myocardial infarction and its influence on the 12-lead ECG. Unfortunately, the chapter on pacemakers does not discuss their use to improve cardiac output. The tables and figures are exceptional. The "Tricks of the Trade," "Evidence-Based Practice," "Clinical Alerts," and "Diversity Impact" add important information for the reader. The book follows an organized format of causes, assessment, interpretation, criteria, and care measures in easy to read and follow table format.
Assessment: This is a great book for students and novice nurses learning rhythms. Its size lends itself to being used daily on the clinical unit.