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ECGs Made Easy, Fourth Edition (Book & Pocket Reference) [Paperback]

Barbara J Aehlert RN BSPA
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December 17, 2009 032306924X 978-0323069243 4

Known for its conversational style, Barbara Aehlert's ECGs Made Easy offers clear explanations and plenty of practice exercises that make it easier than ever to understand and interpret basic dysrhythmias. Each ECG rhythm includes a sample rhythm strip and a discussion of possible patient symptoms and general treatment guidelines. Student-friendly features include ECG Pearl boxes with insights based on real-world experience, and Drug Pearl boxes highlighting medications used to treat dysrhythmias. This package includes a handy pocket reference for on-the-go access to the most essential information, plus a plastic heart rate calculator ruler for fast interpretation of rhythms.

  • Clear ECG discussions highlight what students need to know about ECG mechanisms, rhythms, and heart blocks: How Do I Recognize It? What Causes It? What Do I Do About It?
  • Chapter objectives and key terms focus students on the most important information.
  • ECG Pearl boxes give useful hints for interpreting ECGs, such as the importance of the escape pacemaker.
  • Drug Pearl boxes highlight various medications used to treat dysrhythmias.
  • Introduction to the 12-Lead ECG chapter provides all the basics for this advanced skill, including determining electrical axis, ECG changes associated with myocardial ischemia and infarction, bundle branch block, and other conditions.
  • A comprehensive post-test is included at the end of the book to evaluate student comprehension.
  • A heart rate calculator ruler is included with each textbook, so students can measure heart rates while practicing ECG recognition.
  • A new two-column design adds visual appeal and makes content easier to read.
  • 49 new anatomical drawings and 51 new skills photos are included, for a total of almost 400 illustrations -- all in full color.
  • Eight new illustrated, step-by-step skills include easy-to-follow instructions for performing basic techniques.
  • Stop and Review chapter quizzes are expanded to include 200 practice ECG tracings, and now include answers at the end of each chapter.
  • Learning objectives are added within text content to emphasize key points.
  • An expanded companion CD includes ECG video clips and 100 more ECG strips with interpretation on PowerPoint -- for a total of 250 practice strips.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby/JEMS; 4 edition (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032306924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323069243
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have been a registered nurse for more than 35 years with clinical experience in medical/surgical and critical care nursing and, for the past 24 years, in prehospital education. I am an active CPR, First Aid, Paramedic, ACLS, and PALS instructor and particularly enjoy teaching basic dysrhythmia recognition and ACLS to nurses and paramedics.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not easy for me February 15, 2013
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The textbook was decent. The pocket guide a little more helpful. Too many "pearls" of wisdom to get memorized in a week's worth of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy for nurses! August 22, 2011
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Great buy. Came in the mail quickly. Easy to understand. CD is great for practice. The first few chapters are more a review of the anatomy of the heart and the electrical system in the body. Good chapters to brush up on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dot March 21, 2011
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The book was new and with the materials that I needed to learn the information. The CD and timer ruler was provided and the price was very competitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THEY DELIVER! May 18, 2010
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I am always happy when people do what they say they are going to do! I received my book (in great condition) way ahead of the expected shipping date! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not appropriate for most beginner ECG classes May 9, 2014
By ICUAlex
Let me start this review by saying there is a LOT of really good information in this book. I really like it and think it is an excellent reference. However, I do NOT think it is a good resource for most beginner ECG classes. Having taught basic and advanced ECG classes for around ten years at several different hospitals, I have been exposed to many ECG books. There is a lot of information in this book that the beginning nurse just doesn't need and this distracts them from what's really most important. As most beginner ECG classes are only 16 hours long (2 - eight hour days), many students complained that the information was too detailed and that a lot of them were just simply overwhelmed. For students who are taking a semester length ECG class, this book is great.

I found Jane Huff's "ECG Workout" to be a much better resource for beginners, especially in that there are several hundred practice strips with answers toward the back of the book. When it comes to ECG Interpretation practice does make perfect!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Missing pocket reference December 16, 2013
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I was under the impression that it was still wrapped up with the pocket book. it did not have a pocket reference with it like it should have had!
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4.0 out of 5 stars understandable October 19, 2013
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Complex ideas are simplified to make more sense to new science readers. I recommend this book to people who are new to the field of science
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1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete July 22, 2013
By Leo D.
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The package came incomplete. No Pocket Reference book accompanied main book. Made it difficult to use purchased material effectively. Pocket reference book is valuable for quick rhythm interpretation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars where is pocket reference?
The pocket reference book did not come with the book.
It did not specifically said the pocket reference book is not going to be included
Published 2 months ago by Young-hee, Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
Good enough unless you are in medical school. It would be a good source for nurses and nursing students. Or just to remaind you the basics if you are a MD.
Published 11 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for students
Very easy to use and clearly written. Great for learning ECG rhythm strips. My daughter used this book and I only wished I had iit when I was in nursing school
Published 13 months ago by oldbirder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
Great book! Comes with DVD in the back of the book! New! Great seller! Would recommend for future EKG tech! Book comes in handy!
Published 16 months ago by Tyna
4.0 out of 5 stars ECG MADE EASY
Help me very much to study and understand the function of the heart how to properly read the trace of the heart.
Published 16 months ago by ECG made easy
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook
This book came in quickly and was not damaged. It was clearly a new book so it was an excellent buy.
Published 17 months ago by Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good tool to learn bit cardiac physiology and ECG. The author is both a nurse and a PA. It's very well organized and explains the concepts very well. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ben Kavoussi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book! Needed it for a class, use it all the time for reference and refresher info. Very helpful and clear
Published 18 months ago by A. Hawkins
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