Need help with ECG/EKG's

  1. I am a third year nursing student, and would really like some helpful information on reading and interpreting ekg/ecg's. Especially anything abnormal. Books, journals, websites, personal thoughts anything!!




    Thanks a bunch guys! Your awesome!
    Last edit by babyg_ca on Oct 20, '06
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  3. by   Daytonite
    hi, babyg_ca!

    the book that we were all read at the hospital i was working at in the 80's and had to learn telemetry was dale dubin's rapid interpretation of ekgs. it is still in publication in it's ___ edititon. i've listed a link to the site dr. dubin maintains where you can get some free information about ekgs, but he is basically selling the book on the site. i've also listed other sites where you can learn how to read ekgs online.

    http://themdsite.com/ - this is the site of the dr. dale dubin who wrote rapid interpretation of ekgs. click on the link to go to the nurse's site and then scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on "continue" to access the information for nurses. on successive pages there is always the advertising information about his book that appears first, but as you scroll down the page, you will get to the information and animations on the site.

    http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bi...art/cardio.htm - cyberheart - tutorials for basic heart anatomy, physiology and ekgs from professor crimando at gateway community college in phoenix, az. has an interactive tutorial quiz.

    http://www-medlib.med.utah.edu/kw/ecg/index.html - an excellent online tutorial with diagrams on everything you want to know about ekg interpretation from the university of utah school of medicine. also has quizzes! geared for physicians, but nurses can get information from this also.

    http://www.skillstat.com/ecg_sim_demo.html - an online simulator that will show and explain what 25 of the most common cardiac rhythms look like on a monitor. you can stop the strips so you can study the tracings. there is also a little game you can play with the simulator.
    www.skillstat.com/flash/ecgsim531.html

    http://www.kauaicc.hawaii.edu/nursin...l/tutorial.htm ekg interpretation for healthcare professionals from kaua'i community college nursing school
    http://www.kauaicc.hawaii.edu/nursin...rial/lytes.htm - electrolyte and medications: effect on ekgs from kaua'i community college nursing school is just one section from the above site

    http://learn.sdstate.edu/nursing/ecg.htm - cardiac arrhythmias. a 66-page slide show presentation from dr. gloria craig at south dakota state university school of nursing. this is a very nice, simple explanation of the ekg with corresponding egk tracings. there are animations of the electrical conduction pathway for the various arrhythmias to help show what is going on to create the ekg tracing you see on paper. this is a very nice tutorial that addresses the normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardia and tachycardia, premature atrial contractions,atrial tachycardia, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, premature junctional contractions, junctional tachycardia, first, second and third degree blocks, premature ventricular contractions (pvcs), ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation and asystole.

    welcome to allnurses!
  4. by   EricJRN
    Have to agree that Dr Dubin's book is a great intro to EKG's, but his alleged legal and moral transgressions have made him a highly controversial figure and many people find themselves unable to purchase his products for those reasons.

    You might check out www.randylarson.com/acls .
  5. by   Daytonite
    here's two more web sites on ekgs that i found this morning when i had the bright idea of searching by using the term "ecg". the second site, is one i had seen a number of years ago and used when i was working as a medical coder, but couldn't remember the name of the book. i think the most important thing about the second link is the online flashcards. they are a terrific study tool. try them!

    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/elect...article_em.htm - this is an 11-page patient education site from emedicinehealth that explains in very nice simple language what an ekg is and what it is all about. includes anatomy of the heart. if you are having trouble understanding the complexity of ekgs, start by reading the explanation on this site.

    http://www.12leadecg.com/intro/ - introduction to 12-lead ecg, the art of interpretation online companion website for the book. you can view actual 12-lead ekgs. there are also online flashcards you can view to quiz yourself on information about the electrical system of the heart. you link into them from a link on the left side of the page and then by chapters of the book.
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  8. by   DolphinRN84
    Thanks so much for the links!! I'm not a nursing student anymore, but I'm on a floor that has some telemetry beds and this will come in handy! Need practice on reading my strips. Thanks again!
  9. by   CCL RT
    Bump!!!

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