Please help me out with definition of ectopy

  1. I'm a new grad that just started working in CVSU (a telemetry unit). I'm confused about the actual definition of ectopy. Is it any rhythm that doesn't originate in the SA node? I have asked my preceptor, but her answer led me to believe she really didn't know either, or at least couldn't put it into words. When I looked up the definition it didn't help any. Can someone please explain this better? I hear people say "no ectopy" all the time.
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  3. by   Melina
    I'm surprised your preceptor couldn't articulate it. It's pretty basic. Like you said, it's a rhythm that doesn't originate in the SA node.