Basic EKG Rhythm Interpretation
- 0Sep 23, '06 by Kristy_joyzHello I am trying to determine rate for EKGs and my instructor told me to have a six sec. window and count how many QRS complex there are and multiply it by ten. For instance, if there are 10 QRS complex in 6 sec. then the rate would be 100. I used this method to calculate the rate but the EKG strip states that the rate is 97. Do you have any other method in calculating rate??? My preceptor said dividing something by 1400......
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- 0Quote from leslasici'm sure that being a mod and all, typos are something you did when you were a mere mortal poster.
No need to flame me, although I can take it. Can you clarify what the typo was?
Were you merely trying to point out that one looks at rate and rhythm? That's true, but this post is about counting the rate.
- 0oh jeez tweety. i had a brain fart, ok? i looked up at the title of the thread when i was typing out my reply, and typed out rhythm instead of rate.
is that enough clarification? i had class on monday, clinicals tues and wed, and worked 12s in the icu on thurs and fri. forgive me.
- 0Yes, that's enough of a clarification, sorry I didn't see it right off the bat.
I was thinking "is there a way to account for the rhythm to come up with the rate? Wouldn't that be cool?"
I just worked 48 hours in 5 days and had a huge patho. exam today and am having a few brain farts today myself.
Cheers.Last edit by Tweety on Sep 23, '06
- 0Sep 24, '06 by EnigmaticParadigmCount the number of boxes between R to R on a REGULAR rhythm and divide that number into 1500. Again, the "1500 method" only works on waveforms that are regular. The "6 second rule" is applicable in regular and irregular waveforms, but is less accurate.
Hope this helps.