ECG Help

  1. I've studied the handouts from the instructor and have the book "Basic Arrythmias" by Gail's still not clicking with me!!! We have a test on Thursday and it will just cover Sinus rhythms and atrial arrhymias.

    I think I have the hardest time identifying the waves in a weird rhythm and on the test he wants us to label the PQRST's if they are there.

    Any suggestions? Tips? Other books that may help??

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  3. by   JohnnyGage
    The two best books out there, IMHO are:

    "Rapid Interpretation of EKGs" by Dale Dubin
    "ECGs Made Incredibly Easy" published by Springhouse

    Good Luck!
  4. by   Brownms46
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Mar 8, '03
  5. by   NurseDixie
    Try, it helped me a lot.
  6. by   USA987
    Thank you for the links. I will check them out! My test is on Thursday so I'll let you know how it goes!
  7. by   CountrifiedRN
    We use the same book you do. I found that it helps to use the flashcards located in the back of the book, and memorize the specifics of each rhythm/arrhythmia.

    Then when you see a strip, start analyzing the waves. Is there a p wave? PRI? How long is the PRI? Is it in normal range? What is the rate? Is it regular or irregular? Normal QRS? You get the picture.

    By breaking it down into pieces and having memorized the specifics of each type, you should be able to decipher the strips. Good luck!