Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart, 2nd Edition

Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: ECGs and the Heart

2nd Edition

By Cynthia C. Chernecky, PhD, RN, CNS, AOCN, Associate Professor, Department of Adult Health, Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, Augusta, GA; Kitty Garrett, MSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Nurse Clinician, St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, GA; Beverly George-Gay, RN, MSN, CCRN, Formerly Assistant Professor, Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, Augusta, GA; and Rebecca K. Hodges, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Nurse Clinician, St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, GA


1. Anatomy and Physiology

2. Reference Points for Rhythm Strip Measurments

3. Principles of Rhythm Interpretation & Waveform Analysis

4. Measuring Atrial and Ventricular Rates

5. Analyzing the Rhythm Strip

6. Troubleshooting Problems in Waveforms

7. Electrocardiogram: Monitoring and Electrode Placement

8. Normal Sinus Rhythm (NEW)

9. Sinus Dysrhythmias

10. Atrial Dysrhythmias

11. Junctional Dysrhythmias

12. Premature Ventricular Contractions

13. Ventricular Tachycardia

14. Ventricular Fibrillation

15. Idioventricular Rhythms (NEW)

16. Asystole or Ventricular Standstill

17. Atrioventricular Blocks

18. Cardiac Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests

19. Myocardial Infarction

20. Pericarditis and Cardiac Tamponade

21. Drug Effects, Toxicities and Electrolytes

22. Conduction Defects and Accessory Pathways

23. Special Considerations

24. Rhythm Strip Test