can anyone explain j waves to me? i went to ena symposium yesterday and one of the topics was hypothermia and j waves on an ekg. what do they look like? why does the patient get them? also wondering if anyone can explain the pathophysiology behind not using a bear-hugger on a hypothermic patient with a temp < 90 degrees. all very interesting to me but i can't quite visulaize it yet. anybody know?
Mar 22, '07
Maybe it has something to do with not rewarming patients too quickly. If you raise the temperature too quickly in a person with a hypothalmus that is properly funtioning they can have a drop in temperature.
Last edit by MeryMellen on Mar 22, '07