For many nursing students and new nurses EKG interpretation can be intimidating, to say the least. I remember my first day as a nurse in the ICU. To say that I was overwhelmed is a pretty big understatement. In fact you can interpret ANY heart rhythm in just 5 simple steps. Following the steps below will allow ease with interpretation of arrhythmias. Analyzing strips in this order and reviewing these 5 aspects will allow for correct identification of cardiac rhythms.
Interpret EKGs Strips Like a Boss! (ekg interpretation for nurses)
Electrocardiogram and rhythm strip interpretation by final year medical students.
Assuming that most of you reading this blog do not have that much time, please allow me to share what I have discovered in my years teaching ECGs to make the process more simple — and maybe even enjoyable. I imagine it is understood that learning all of ECG interpretation is going to take more than 10 minutes of your time and that it is not quite so easy. To be proficient, it will take a bit of effort. Some memorization and pattern recognition will be required. The more you see, the more you will remember. Having a pair of calipers is helpful.
There are two different rates that can be determined on an ECG. The atrial rate is indicated by the frequency of the P waves. The ventricular rate is indicated by the frequency of the QRS complexes.
It is a quick and painless procedure. EKGs captures a tracing of cardiac electrical impulse as it moves from the atrium to the ventricles. These electrical impulses cause the heart to contract and pump blood. EKGs are interpreted by medical professionals to understand the following:.