EKG tips for Dummies

  1. Does anyone have easy tips/mnemonics for remembering different EKG strips, or for remembering what will cause changes in EKG strips?

    Or easy, informative books to understand and reference too?
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Be_Moore
    The only real like "tip" type thing that I have to remember EKG changes is that you can look at the T-Wave as a tent for potassium. If you have a low K, you will have flattened out T-waves. If you have a high K, you will have tall-peaked T-waves. Other than that I just took a class or two on EKG interpretation and now just have the different rhythms memorized. I recommend you take a class.
  4. by   Da_Milk_of_Amnesia
    If you want to understand the patho behind certain rhythms then Dr. Dubins Interpretations on EKGs is a really good book. It's how i thought myself to read EKGs at 17 Years old. I was better than most medics..It's a good start and it has alot of good stuff in it to help you remember
  5. by   Blondie24
    Elevated ST segments with inverted T waves = myocardial damage/ischemia (Myocardial infarction)
  6. by   Gator FNP
    There is a book EKG for Dummies, easy to understand, many websites as well for EKG interpretation. American heart association has a section for professionals with explanations of rhythms.
  7. by   Galleyrat
    Just a couple that I use:

    Sync (synchronize) the sick, defib (defibrillate) the dead

    Heart blocks -
    1st degree, PR greater than .20
    2nd degree, type 1 : prolong, prolong, drop, prolong, prolong drop (patterened lengthening of PR until a beat is missed)
    2nd degree, type 2: conduct, nonconduct, conduct, nonconduct (no change is PR length but beat is missed - has P wave, but no QRS follows)
  8. by   JustEnuff2BDangerous
    I'm almost positive that there is a Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! book on EKGs, all their other books have helped me tremendously so I have great faith that their EKG book is probably phenomenal as well
  9. by   Lacie
    Online course for a fee but really not that expensive and very good program. I really enjoyed it and being virtual helped alot. 5 ceu's for if I remember around $57.00. The 12-lead course is bit too expensive though for my blood at $330.00. I did the basic rhythm course
    Last edit by Lacie on Oct 21, '09
  10. by   freefalr
    there's a good book called "rapid interpretation of ekgs," i think is its title. it's orange. i remember that much! not sure if it's still in print...
    & there used to be stuff on www.blaufuss.org about arrhythmias & heart sounds, but i'm not sure if it's still there.

    i don't know any mnemonics, sorry!

    sorry am not very much help!
  11. by   MissBrittanyRN
  12. by   ONCRN84
    Oddly enough, I'm taking a class tomorrow and they recommend ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy. They photo copied a couple chapters for us to review prior to class.
  13. by   Pat_Pat RN
    The things used to name various points start at "P" and go down the alphabet from there....