do u noe how to interpret EKG??

  1. ...do u noe how to interpret EKG??...im having problem interpreting them...
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  3. by   lindarn
    By far, the best book to learn EKGs from is, "Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKGs", by Dale Dubin. I don't know if it is still in print. You could try Amazon, or another book company. My book is in the basement, or I would look up the book publisher for you. But it is the easiest, and best method for learning EKGs.

    Also, you really have to sit in front of a cardiac monitor and look at rhythms, to learn to differentiate them. I Telemetry Unit would be the best place to do that. Hope that helps.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  4. by   Sue Damones
    Ugh. "Noe?"
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I took the EKG course and purchased their suggested texts, LindaRN's Dubin book being one of them. Now, looking at them in the text, I can identify them easily, but when I have peaked at monitors or even after having printed a copy of the EKG, it seemed to be more difficult for me to interpet because they do not look the same as the text for me.

    I seriously want to take Linda's advice to sit before a telemetry monitor. The issue for me is WHEN...I work in a clinic (OB-GYN) and we don't do them often. Even when I worked in other clinics and did them, the provider was right there for me to hand it over. Interpeting the EKG on live people is a strong desire of mine that I intend to solve in this lifetime...
  6. by   blackmore
    Quote from lindarn
    By far, the best book to learn EKGs from is, "Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKGs", by Dale Dubin. I don't know if it is still in print. You could try Amazon, or another book company. My book is in the basement, or I would look up the book publisher for you. But it is the easiest, and best method for learning EKGs.

    Also, you really have to sit in front of a cardiac monitor and look at rhythms, to learn to differentiate them. I Telemetry Unit would be the best place to do that. Hope that helps.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    ...thanks lindarn...i will try to look up for that book...thanks again...:redpinkhe
  7. by   blackmore
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I took the EKG course and purchased their suggested texts, LindaRN's Dubin book being one of them. Now, looking at them in the text, I can identify them easily, but when I have peaked at monitors or even after having printed a copy of the EKG, it seemed to be more difficult for me to interpet because they do not look the same as the text for me.

    I seriously want to take Linda's advice to sit before a telemetry monitor. The issue for me is WHEN...I work in a clinic (OB-GYN) and we don't do them often. Even when I worked in other clinics and did them, the provider was right there for me to hand it over. Interpeting the EKG on live people is a strong desire of mine that I intend to solve in this lifetime...
    ...hello pagandeva...im working in an o&g setting too...and yeah...we dont do much ekg either...
  8. by   lindarn
    How about you folks who work in other areas besides Telelmetry, volunteer on you lunch hour, or something, to just sit in front of the monitor with a nurse who is skilled in interpreting EKGs?

    Sit and listen as they interpret the rhythms, run off strips, compare etc. It would be worth the time spent to have a first hand view of EKGs. You will be much better skilled after just one session.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  9. by   FozzyBear18
    Hi Blackmore,
    find below wanted info on Dubin's book. hope info of use

    Publisher: Cover Publishing Company; 6th Revised edition edition (9 May 2006)

    ISBN-10: 0912912065
    ISBN-13: 978-0912912066
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from lindarn
    How about you folks who work in other areas besides Telelmetry, volunteer on you lunch hour, or something, to just sit in front of the monitor with a nurse who is skilled in interpreting EKGs?

    Sit and listen as they interpret the rhythms, run off strips, compare etc. It would be worth the time spent to have a first hand view of EKGs. You will be much better skilled after just one session.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    Great suggestion! I will see who I can hook up with and I'll keep you posted because I am truly appreciative of your suggestion.
  11. by   blackmore
    Quote from FozzyBear18
    Hi Blackmore,
    find below wanted info on Dubin's book. hope info of use

    Publisher: Cover Publishing Company; 6th Revised edition edition (9 May 2006)

    ISBN-10: 0912912065
    ISBN-13: 978-0912912066
    ...thanks Fozzy...:redpinkhe
  12. by   pers
    Have you been to skillstat.com? It's still pretty textbook, but you can view moving strips and there is a game version to help you increase your recognition speed. Look under "tools" and then select "ECG simulator."

    The thing about live people versus a textbook is that the same rhythm can look very different in different people. Plus, with telemetry monitors you often see a lot of artifact and that can make it very difficult to determine the rhythm. Plus, people can switch in and out so fast that they have switched rhythms before they were even hooked up to the EKG machine to confirm it.
  13. by   1TachyRN
    this is the book my facility uses to teach its basic ekg class:

    basic dysrhythmias: interpretation & management, 3rd ed by robert j. huszar, md

    :spin:


  14. by   Daytonite
    try using the websites i listed out for the student nurses. i chose them because they covered the basics and explained the information in an easier way.
    there are other websites on how to read ekgs listed on helpful information for the ccu and other critical care units at https://allnurses.com/ccu-nursing-fo...cu-140706.html

    good luck with your endeavors at this skill.

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