Understanding EKGs: A Practical Approach / Edition 3

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Understanding EKGs: A Practical Approach, Fourth Edition, takes a 5-step approach to EKG interpretation. Offering a straightforward presentation of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, this edition includes expanded graphics as well as rhythm strip examples with answers based on the popular 5-step approach. Review questions and review strips at the end of each chapter reinforce learning. Plus, a chapter dedicated to the assessment and management of the patient with cardiovascular emergencies is included in this fourth edition. This text is perfect for courses in EMS, nursing, cardiovascular emergencies, and monitor tech training.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135069066
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Messer Beasley is a Paramedic, and a Registered Nurse. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree, as well as additional postgraduate studies, from the University of Alabama. Following graduation from Nursing School at the University of Alabama, Ms. Beasley was employed as a nurse in the Emergency Department of University Hospital in Birmingham. She remained in Emergency Nursing for the next ten years, with a two year hiatus when she became certified as a Critical Care Neurosurgical Nurse and worked in an NICU at Carraway Medical Center.

Ms. Beasley was working as an ER nurse in 1978 when she was asked to teach a Basic EMT course. With a great deal of reticence yet strong encouragement from the Chief of Staff at the local hospital, she concurred. She immediately developed a passion for quality EMS Education, and the rest is history. For the next thirty years, she served an EMS educator in the state of Alabama, and in 2001 was named Department Chair of Allied Health at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama. She held that position until her retirement in 2007.

Ms. Beasley has been an Affiliate Faculty member of the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiac Care Program for the past twenty-five years. Other professional activities include BTLS Affiliate Faculty, Board of Directors of the National Association of EMS Educators, and she serves on the Medical Advisory Board of 24-7ems.

In 1999, Ms. Beasley published her first book on EKG interpretation, and has authored other texts for Brady-Prentice Hall Health. She resides in Wedowee, Alabama, where she serves as Vice-Chair of the local Hospital Board. Ms. Beasley is actively involved in the First United Methodist Church of Wedowee.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Anatomy of the Heart: Structure
Chapter 2 Cardiovascular Physiology: Function
Chapter 3 Basic Electrophysiology
Chapter 4 The Electrical Conduction System
Chapter 5 The Electrocardiogram
Chapter 6Interpretation of an EKG Strip
Chapter 7 Introducing the Sinus Rhythms
Chapter 8 Introducing the Atrial Rhythms
Chapter 9Introducing the Junctional Rhythms
Chapter 10 Introducing the Ventricular Rhythms
Chapter 11 Introducing the Heart Block Rhythms
Chapter 12 Introducing the Pacemaker Rhythms
Chapter 13 Assessment and Treatment of the Patient with Cardiac Emergencies
Chapter 14
More Review Questions
Chapter 15
Review EKG Strips

Appendix 1 Answers to Review Questions: Chapters 1—14
Appendix 2Answers to Review Strips: Chapter 15

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