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ECGs for Nurses

ECGs for Nurses

Philip Jevon

ISBN: 978-1-405-15101-6 February 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages




The first ECG book to be aimed specifically at nurses. This practical, handy-sized guide will be useful for nurses working in all acute areas, as well as general nurses and students learning about ECGs for the first time. Real ECGs are used throughout to supplement the text. Bullet points, diagrams and self-assessment tools are features of every chapter. Accompanying every ECG trace will be a brief discussion detailing possible effects on the patient, the nurse's role and also treatment (if any) of the arrhythmia.


1. The Conduction System in the Heart.

2. Principles of Cardiac Monitoring.

3. ECG Interpretation of Cardiac Arrhythmias.

4. Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating in the SA Node.

5. Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating in the Atria.

6. Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating in the AV.

7. Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating in the Ventricles.

8. Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating with Atrioventricular Block.

9. Cardiac Arrhythmias Associated with Cardiac Arrest.

10. Recording a 12 lead ECG.

11. Interpreting a 12 lead ECG.

12. Treatment of Cardiac Arrythmmias.

13. Record Keeping.


I thoroughly recommend this text to all who work within an acute care area, or indeed any nurse with an interest in developing their ECG interpretation skills.

British Journal of Resuscitation

'Easy to read, succinct review of the cardiac conduction system...(a) useful tool for any health professional new to a monitored environment, and would provide the essential baseline knowledge required for such staff.'

British Journal of Perioperative Nursing

  • Written by a nurse and aimed specifically at nurses.
  • Easy-to-access information, with lots of examples and advice.
  • Essential for nurses working and studying in intensive care, high dependency units, theatre, theatre recovery, coronary care units, medical wards and accident and emergency.