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The EKG Handbook

Author(s): Theresa A. Middleton Brosche, MSN, BSN, RN, CCRN, Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Germanna Community College, Locust Grove, Virginia
  • ISBN-13: 9780763769956
  • Spiral/paperback    250 pages      © 2010
Price: $81.95 US List
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This concise guide to EKG interpretation is small enough to fit comfortably in your lab-coat pocket! The perfect resource for nurses in the clinical setting, this concise yet complete resource includes topics such as brief anatomy of the heart, action potential of the cardiac cell, depolarization, and repolarization, abnormal electrical conduction pathways, blood flow of the cardiac conduction system, EKG leads and electrical activity, calculations of heart rate, speedy six step method for twelve lead EKG analysis and much more.

Chapter  Preface  Preface
Chapter  Acknowledgements  
Chapter  Section 1  Brief Review of the Anatomy of the Heart
Chapter  Section 2  Depolarization
Chapter  Section 3  Repolarization
Chapter  Section 4  Action Potential of the Cardiac Cell, Depolarization, and Repolarization
Chapter  Section 5  Myocardial Cells or Myocytes
Chapter  Section 6  Normal Electrical Activity of the Heart
Chapter  Section 7  Abnormal Electrical Conduction Pathways
Chapter  Section 8  Blood Flow to the Cardiac Conduction System
Chapter  Section 9  The Electrical Activity of the Heart and the EKG
Chapter  Section 10  The Electrocardiogram
Chapter  Section 11  The EKG Leads and Electrical Activity
Chapter  Section 12  Ensuring the Best Picture
Chapter  Section 13  Calculation of the Heart Rate
Chapter  Section 14  Calipers
Chapter  Section 15  Artifact
Chapter  Section 16  Documentation
Chapter  Section 17  Eight Step Method for Rhythm Strip Analysis
Chapter  Section 18  Speedy Six Step Method for Twelve Lead EKG Analysis
Chapter  Section 19  Rhythms
Chapter  References  
Chapter  Index  Index

Theresa A. Middleton Brosche, MSN, BSN, RN, CCRN-Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Germanna Community College, Locust Grove, Virginia

Theresa Ann Middleton Brosche obtained an MSN with a Specialization in Education in 2008 from Walden University, a BSN in 1987 from College Misericordia, and a Diploma in Legal Nurse Consulting in 1999 from the National Institute for Paralegal Arts and Sciences. She has served as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical head nurse, educator, consultant, author, and national presenter. She currently works as an adjunct clinical faculty for the Germanna Community College nursing program in Locust Grove, VA, and the SUNY Delhi Online Program, and as a staff nurse for Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA. She has authored many articles in various publications such as AACN News and Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing and has served as a consultant for RN magazine.

  • This publication is well suited for the health care professional who needs to reinforce his or her knowledge of electrocardiography (EKG). As the title indicates, this is a handbook and not an exhaustive treatment of the subject [and would prove beneficial for] the RN, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, physician, physician assistant, EKG technician, and paramedic.

    A noteworthy strength of this work is the author’s emphasis on rhythm analysis, which she expounds on in a detailed and systematic fashion. Moreover, there are good examples of rhythm strip analysis and subsequent pathophysiological explanations for abnormal findings.
    Having taken EKG courses and used other references on the subject, my impression of this work is positive. Overall, this book is worth reading and would be a worthwhile purchase.

    Reviewed in AORN Journal
    Wayne Rockhill, BSN, RN, CNOR
    Staff RN, Operating Room
    Danbury Hospital
    Danbury, CT