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Understanding EKGs: A Practical Approach (2nd Edition) Paperback – December 16, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0130452153 ISBN-10: 0130452157 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (December 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130452157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130452153
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This book was written to assist the novice user in understandin basic EKG interpretation. It is a useful guide to the understanding of abnormal heart rhythms, and the material is presented in a simple, straightforward manner that achieves the understanding of each chapter prior to proceeding to the next chapter. Topics covered in this book include a general overview of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, basic electrophysiology, the electrocardiogram, interpretation of the EKG strip, sinus rhythms, atrial rhythms, junctional rhythms, ventricular rhythms, heart block rhythms, pacemaker rhythms, and assessment and treatment of patients with cardiovascular emergencies. For prehospital care providers, medical students, cardiac care monitor techs, ACLS candidates, nursing professionals, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists.

About the Author

Brenda Messer Beasley is a Paramedic, and a Registered Nurse. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree, as well as additional postgraduate studies, from the University of Alabama. Following graduation from Nursing School at the University of Alabama, Ms. Beasley was employed as a nurse in the Emergency Department of University Hospital in Birmingham. She remained in Emergency Nursing for the next ten years, with a two year hiatus when she became certified as a Critical Care Neurosurgical Nurse and worked in an NICU at Carraway Medical Center.

 

Ms. Beasley was working as an ER nurse in 1978 when she was asked to teach a Basic EMT course. With a great deal of reticence yet strong encouragement from the Chief of Staff at the local hospital, she concurred. She immediately developed a passion for quality EMS Education, and the rest is history. For the next thirty years, she served an EMS educator in the state of Alabama, and in 2001 was named Department Chair of Allied Health at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama. She held that position until her retirement in 2007.

 

 Ms. Beasley has been an Affiliate Faculty member of the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiac Care Program for the past twenty-five years. Other professional activities include BTLS Affiliate Faculty, Board of Directors of the National Association of EMS Educators, and she serves on the Medical Advisory Board of 24-7ems.

 

In 1999, Ms. Beasley published her first book on EKG interpretation, and has authored other texts for Brady-Prentice Hall Health. She resides in Wedowee, Alabama, where she serves as Vice-Chair of the local Hospital Board. Ms. Beasley is actively involved in the First United Methodist Church of Wedowee.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LoriL on July 16, 2002
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If you are teaching or learning EKG's this is not the book for you! Although this book is initially inviting because of the color (it is much easier to measure strips on colored ECG paper) the measurements in the back are wrong in the appendix and are confusing to learners. This book also does not have "beginning" strips to learn, or typical strips for that matter. There are limited examples (50) to identify and that is NOT sufficient for learning ECG's. With the price of this book I would highly suggest another choice...any choice for that matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Young on May 3, 2012
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Used this book to help me understanding EKG's and everything about them in nursing school. Great book and explains everything perfectly!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EMT-LI on September 26, 2007
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Excellent Product--Very well written with ample practice and questioning techniques. Highly Recommended for gaining a strong basis in this field.
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By James on June 18, 2007
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I enjoyed this book, but it is VERY basic. Good explanations but won't take you very far. I'll keep the book for a basic review or illustration to show others.
If you are looking for a similarly basic book, you may also try Gail Walraven's Basic Arrhythmias (6th Edition) in addition to this book. Walraven's book gives many more sample ECG strips for practice. And, it is similarly priced.

After reading these books, you could try Huzar's Basic Dysrhythmias: Interpretation and Management - Text and Pocket Reference Package (Revised Reprint) which is more advanced and takes you into much more detail.
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I wish they used this book in nursing school. Understanding EKGs is complete & extremely easy to understand. It has become our hospital's "textbook" on the subject.
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This book was comprehensive. It gave me a good understanding of EKG interpretation which allowed me to acquire a job where I could apply what I learned everyday!
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By Reviewer on October 31, 2013
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I would highly recommend this book! It is an easy read and breaks down the information in an orderly manner. It also has a TON of practice questions! BUY NEW, otherwise the practice questions are already filled out and it may not be worth it.
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By LAURIE HARVEY on March 30, 2013
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Have been using for several years to teach with, but prices going up I now recommend websites for Basic EKG learning.
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