When it comes to learning 3-lead ECG interpretation, there's simply no faster or easier way to master basic rhythms than this unique book - now updated to reflect the 2010 emergency cardiovascular care guidelines! Using a fun and easy-to-understand writing style, it uses humor, cartoons, and personal stories to walk you through the entire ECG process - from finding a heartbeat, to monitoring an electrocardiogram, to interpreting the heart rhythm. A unique "Flip and See section allows you to view normal ECGs on one side of the page and abnormal ECGs on the other, along with concise text that clearly explains the differences between them. In addition, you'll find commonly asked questions and answers throughout the text.
Thumb tabs and lay-flat spiral binding make it easy to use anywhere, and the small size fits easily into a lab coat pocket.
Unique Flip and See section at the end of the book allows you to see each rhythm side-by-side with a normal ECG rhythm, and a written walkthrough explains the important differences between the rhythms.
Conversational language and clear illustrations and cartoons make the information easily accessible and understandable - as well as easy to remember and fun to learn.
Includes Cohn's Pocket Guide for ECG Interpretation, a plastic heart rate ruler that's useful for both students and practitioners as an aid in rhythm interpretation.
Updated to reflect the 2010 emergency cardiovascular care guidelines.
Companion CD features 66 practice rhythm strips in PowerPoint format, plus coverage of pediatric and neonatal patients.
Includes new treatment algorithms on the reverse side of Flip and See rhythm cards.
New, easy-to-follow organization with raised tabs, so you can find information quickly.
Expanded coverage of key topics such as normal rhythms and torsades de pointes.
Symbols Used in This Book How to Approach ECGs Tab 1: How the Heart Works The Heart Location Physiology (Function) Anatomy (Structure) Cardiac Cycle Summary Conduction Pathways Sinoatrial Node Atrioventricular Node Tab 2: The ECG The ECG Lead Placement and Vectors Reading ECGs: P-waves, QRS Complexes and T Waves - P Wave - P-R Interval - QRS Complex - ST Segment T Wave Tab 3: Introduction to the Rhythms Introduction to the Rhythms Naming Rhythms Normal Sinus Rhythm Sinus Arrhythmia Sinus Bradycardia Sinus Tachycardia Atrial Flutter Atrial Fibrillation Supraventricular Tachycardia Ventricular Tachycardia Torsades de Pointes Ventricular Fibrillation Asystole Heart Blocks - First Degree AV Heart Block Second Degree AV Heart Block, also known as Mobitz Type I (Wenckebach) Second Degree AV Heart Block, Also Known as Mobitz Type II Complete Heart Block (Third Degree) Artificial Pacemakers Tab 4: How to Interpret ECGs ECG Paper Normal ECG Calculating Rate Measuring ECG Waveforms ECG Calipers The Isoelectric Line Ectopic Activity - Premature Atrial Contraction Premature Junctional Contraction - Pemature Ventricular Contraction Summary Clues to Identifying Rhythms Tab 5: How to Use the Flip and See Portion of This Book Flip and See Guided Tutorial 1. normal 2. sinus arrhythmia 3. sinus bradycardia 4. sinus tachycardia 5. premature atrial contractions 6. premature ventricular contraction 7. atrial flutter 8. atrial fibrillation 9. supraventricular tachycardia 10. ventricular tachycardia 11. Torsades de Pointes 12. ventricular fibrillation 13. junctional or nodal rhythm 14. asystole 15. first degree heart block 16. second degree heart block, Mobitz type- I, or Wenckebach 17. second degree heart block, Mobitz type II 18. complete heart block 19. artificial pacemaker with capture - Heart Blocks - Look-alike Rhythms - Nonrhythms - Pulseless Electrical Activity Summary and a Few Golden Rules Tab 6: Rhythms Normal Sinus Rhythm Sinus Arrhythmia Sinus Bradycardia Sinus Tachycardia Premature Atrial Contractions Atrial Flutter Atrial Fibrillation Supraventricular Tachycardia Junctional (Nodal) Rhythm - Premature Ventricular Contractions Ventricular Tachycardia Torsades de Pointes Ventricular Fibrillation Asystole First Degree AV Heart Block Second Degree Heart Block Mobitz Type I (Wenckebach) Second Degree Heart Block Mobitz Type II Third Degree AV Heart Block: Complete Heart Block Pacemaker With 1:1 Capture Loose Lead/Cable Movement 60-Cycle Interference Junctional Rhythm With Rate of 40 Beats per Minute Normal Sinus Rhythm With Rate of 100 Beats per Minute Tab 7: Glossary Glossary