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Understanding EKGs: A Practical Approach (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0130452153
ISBN-10: 0130452157
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (December 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130452157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130452153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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So I rented this text as it was required reading. The text itself was in a little worse condition than I expected... wrinkled pages and A LOT of the sample questions were already filled in. So while it did a decent job of explaining the topics and rhythms, the book itself had seen some better days. If required, not a bad book. If not required, ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy is a little easier and FUN to read. And if your doing this as a course requirement, YOU KNOW you need some FUN text to read!!!
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I thought this was a great book. Ive been a nurse for years but never read strips. It was made clear and easy in this book. I bought it used for 1 cent. There were no markings on the tests. This is a great book
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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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|TITLE| Understanding EKGs: A Practical Approach : 4th Edition
|AUTHOR|
• Ms. Brenda Messer Beasley M.S., R.N., E.M.T.-Paramedic
• Vice-Chair of her Local Hospital Board {Wedowee, Alabama}
• Past Governance Committee Chair: Our National Association of E.M.S. Educators
|REVIEWER|
• Josh Grossman, Colonel {r} U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., FACP
• Formerly Chief of Medicine 121st Evacuation Hospital APO SF 96220
• Formerly Commanding Officer 548th General Dispensary APO SF 96301
• Formerly Military C.P.R.-B.C.L.S. Instructor – Far East Army Deployment
• Formerly Appalachia A.C.L.S. Instructor {Cardiac Dysrhythmias}
• Appalachia EMT-Paramedic Guest Instructor {Cardiac Dysrhythmias}
• Appalachia Medical Assistant Guest Instructor {Cardiac Dysrhythmias}
|BOOK FORMAT| soft cover, 242 pages, inclusive of Heart Rate Calculator
|BOOK RATING| 5***** FIVE STAR|
|BOOK PUBLISHER| Pearson Education Incorporated, copyright 2014
|BOOK DEDICATIONS INCLUDE|
• To Mr. & Mrs. Jack Messer
• To Michael C. West, M.S., R.N., EMT-P
• Doctor Willis D. Israel M.D., {Of Beloved Memory}
“Treat the Patient, not the monitor!” (Page 77 of this outstanding text}
I hear many fine comments on this text from the Medical Assistants, E.M.T.-Paramedics with and for whom I have provided presentations on Cardiac Dysrhythmias who endorsed that any and all of their colleagues should be given a copy of this book to read and to discuss with their MENTORS. Moreover as I serve my Rural-Appalachia-Community {Upper East Tennessee} I am confident that Doctor Willis D. Israel, M.D. (Of Beloved Memory} of Wedowee, Randolph County, Alabama would have appreciated this 4th Edition of this outstanding “Understanding E.K.G.
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By Ashley on January 24, 2016
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Arrived brand-new with supplemental material. Definitely a great starter book for someone who is absolutely new to reading EKGs. it's a nice overview of most rhythms and it includes EKG practice interpretations.
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This book was mandatory for our nursing class so I didn't have a choice. It will give you the basics on how to identify various strips, but it didn't seem to "teach" me the inner workings of how to read an EKG strip. I had to get my classmates to show me exactly where to find things, such as an ST elevation, on real strips because real strips are the perfect strips you see in the book.
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The book is great. I'm confident to sit for the national certification, (CET), with its help. However, its condition was a little more deteriorated than stated by the ad, IMHO.
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