I'm a nursing student doing some research on EKG's and was wondering what the difference is among the different types of EKG's; specifically, what are the advantages/disadvantages of using a each type, and when would each type be used?
And yes, I have looked in my textbooks and I know the answer is in there somewhere, but with my minimal experience with telemetry, I'd really appreciate if someone would be so kind as to spell it out for me in simple language. :heartbeat
Thanks in advance!
We also use 5 lead EKG in PCU. Lead II is typically used to determine HR and to identfy a P wave, and the chest lead can be placed over a specific area of concern, say heart muscle supplied by a newly stented artery.
12 lead EKG is also used to identify Axis and specific bundle branch blocks. You may have an irregular rhythm with a wide QRS complex--a 12 lead can be useful in distinguishing a fib with aberrant conduction from v tach.
Last edit by nursej22 on Jun 16, '09
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