EKG Plain and Simple

EKG Plain and Simple
  • 3rd Ed.
  • 2012
  • © Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Karen M. Ellis RN
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-237729-2 / ISBN-13: 978-0-13-237729-4
  • Nursing, Cardiology


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Unlike books that encourage rote memorization, this conversationally-written text puts the student at the patient’s bedside, focusing not just on identifying rhythms or EKGs, but also on “Now what do I do for the patient?” Assuming no prior knowledge, it covers EKG from basic to advanced concepts. Part I progresses seamlessly from basic cardiac A&P through waves and complexes, lead morphology, and rhythms. Part II covers 12-lead interpretation, axis, hypertrophy, myocardial infarction, and more. The text presents many clinical scenarios, anecdotes, and critical thinking exercises, plus hundreds of practice rhythm strips and 12-lead EKGs. This edition adds new scenarios, chapter notes, and tables; more medication information; and new coverage ranging from MI symptoms to hemiblocks.

Key Features:

Friendly, conversational writing style–easy to read and understand, like a favorite teacher explaining each concept, one on one
  • • Makes EKGs more accessible, giving students more comfort with the material
Understanding, not just memorization–places the student at the patient’s bedside, focusing not just on identifying rhythms or EKGs, but also on appropriate next steps
  • • Helps students link EKGs with the lives of their patients
Assumes no prior knowledge–covering EKGs from the absolute basics to advanced 12-lead interpretation
  • • Helps students master EKGs regardless of their background
Extensive clinical scenarios, anecdotes, and critical thinking exercises–imparting real insight and expertise
  • • Offers students valuable clinical insights and experience related to EKGs and the heart
Hundreds of practice rhythm strips and 12-lead EKGs–illuminating a wide range of cases and conditions
  • • Gives students unparalleled opportunities to practice with a wide range of scenarios
Extensive web resources–including videos, practice tests, animations, scenarios, and games
  • • Helps students deepen their knowledge easily and interactively
Flexible organization–easily adaptable to two-semester or two-quarter courses, or for “mixing and matching” to reflect unique instructor needs
  • • Helps instructors design and organize the most effective courses for their students

New to this Edition:

  • • New! “What’s It All About” opening scenarios–helping to show the clinical importance of each chapter’s information
  • • New! Mid-chapter “Checkups”–including questions and scenarios that gauge the student’s readiness to proceed
  • • New! End-of-chapter summary notes–helping students refocus on the most important concepts that have been presented
  • • Expanded! More coverage of medication–including more medications and updated medications throughout the Cardiac Medications chapter
  • • Expanded! More critical thinking scenarios–including a total of ten critical thinking scenarios at the end of the book
  • • New! Coverage of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome–added toventricular rhythms chapter
  • • Expanded! More tables throughout–helping students visualize and compare material
  • • Expanded! MI coverage–including expanded material on MI symptoms, and the complications and treatment of STEMI and NSTEMI
  • • New! Coverage of hemiblocks–following the text’s material on bundle branch blocks
  • • Updated and expanded! Improved PowerPoint slides–updated with the latest clinical information, and now clicker-compatible
  • • Improved! More visually appealing full-color art–helping students gain a faster, deeper visual understanding of key concepts



For all courses on reading electrocardiograms, in curricula that include EKG/cardiac tech, nursing, critical care, paramedic, medicine, respiratory therapy, and exercise physiology.


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