What is the difference between EKG and ECG?

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    I'm wondering does EKG and ECG mean the same thing??

    If not please explean these to me

    Another thing i'm wondering about is what is an A-line and B-line

    I thought that it was for the IV pumps, apparently its for something else

    if someone could explain that to me too

    Thanks,
    MJ

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    There is no difference. EKG is the earlier name and is so called because the guy who invented it was German and the spelling was electrokardiogram (or some such thing...i'm only positive about the "k").

    As for a-line and b-line...not sure. The only a-line I know is an arterial line. Not sure what the b-line is.
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    Quote from MJ-12

    Another thing i'm wondering about is what is an A-line and B-line

    Thanks,
    MJ
    A b-line is what you make when your shift is over.
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    Quote from zenman
    A b-line is what you make when your shift is over.


    Love that one
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    Quote from L'zbeth
    There is no difference. EKG is the earlier name and is so called because the guy who invented it was German and the spelling was electrokardiogram (or some such thing...i'm only positive about the "k").
    To add to L'zbeth's comment, EKG was decided to be the universal term because ECG sounded too similar to EEG (electroencephalogram). They thought calling it EKG would then decrease any confusion.
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    Quote from zenman
    A b-line is what you make when your shift is over.
    Hahahahahahaha!
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    Quote from zacarias
    To add to L'zbeth's comment, EKG was decided to be the universal term because ECG sounded too similar to EEG (electroencephalogram). They thought calling it EKG would then decrease any confusion.
    Universal term for where...? The US?

    In Australia, electrocardiagraph is referred to as an ECG....
    snazzy-jazzy likes this.
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    Quote from RN_Amy
    Universal term for where...? The US?

    In Australia, electrocardiagraph is referred to as an ECG....

    Yes, I guess I meant the US although I didn't know that about Australia. My goal was not to sound ethnocentric.
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    Personally I like to use EKG, because my brain wants to think echocardiogram when I see ECG.
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    ^^ Agreed with above posts, although they have been pretty interchangeable in my experience.. meaning I've heard both. I prefer EKG, though. and LOL at b-line!


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