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Nursing Critical Care
Strengthen your ECG assessment skills by reviewing these articles.
Craig, Karen Jean
Craig, Karen Jean Less
Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):5-6, January 2013.
Test your rhythm strip interpretation using a five-step analysis method. Identify the mystery dysrhythmia, and learn about its causes and management.
Nursing Critical Care. 7(6):6-7, November 2012.
Test your rhythm strip interpretation using a five-step analysis method. Identify the mystery dysrhythmia and learn about its causes and management.
Nursing Critical Care. 7(5):5-6, September 2012.
Nursing Critical Care. 7(4):6-7, July 2012.
Nursing Critical Care. 7(3):10-11, May 2012.
Test your rhythm strip interpretation using a five step analysis method. Identify the mystery dysrhythmia and learn about its causes and management.
Barto, Donna Less
Nursing Critical Care. 7(2):6-8, March 2012.
This article focuses on determining the origin of a wide-complex tachycardia based on the 12-lead ECG, so that the patient can get the correct treatment.
Craig, Karen Less
Nursing Critical Care. 7(1):5-6, January 2012.
Refresh your skills at differentiating various types of tachycardias based on the patient's symptoms and the ECG.
Doherty, Caroline Lloyd
Doherty, Caroline Lloyd Less
Nursing Critical Care. 6(5):13-16, September 2011.
Renal artery stenosis can cause resistant hypertension and pulmonary edema that mimic aortic stenosis. This article describes how to differentiate the two conditions.
Felmlee, Nancy Less
Nursing Critical Care. 6(4):14-16, July 2011.
Follow this case study in how to respond when a patient develops pulseless electrical activity, characterized by unresponsiveness and lack of palpable pulse in the presence of organized cardiac electrical activity.
Stewart, Diana; Casida, Jesus (Jessie)
Stewart, Diana; Casida, Jesus (Jessie) Less
Nursing Critical Care. 6(3):5-9, May 2011.
Atrial septal defect in adults can go unnoticed until patients are in their 40s. By recognizing the condition, you can help patients get appropriate care.
Nursing Critical Care. 6(2):11-13, March 2011.
Clues on your patient's ECG can alert you to the presence of pulmonary hypertension, which increases right ventricular workload.
Haddock, Christopher J.
Haddock, Christopher J. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 6(1):9-11, January 2011.
Implanted cardioverter-defibrillators can be lifesavers for patients with potentially fatal ventricular dysrhythmias. But lead fractures can cause serious complications if not caught in time by an experienced nurse. Read about how lead fractures occur and how to detect a fracture before it threatens the patient's health.
Geiter, Henry B. Jr.
Geiter, Henry B. Jr. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 5(6):5-8, November 2010.
Find out how to recognize left and right bundle branch blocks, as well as hemiblocks and incomplete blocks.
McDonough, Marjorie Less
Nursing Critical Care. 5(5):5-7, September 2010.
Atrioventricular heart blocks are among the most challenging rhythms to identify. This article reviews how to recognize and respond to first-, second-, and third-degree AV blocks.
Thomas, Tamekia L.
Thomas, Tamekia L. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):5-8, July 2010.
Dedicated cardiac monitor watchers—such as those at the author's facility—are one way hospitals are handling compliance with cardiac monitoring outside the ICU.
Foran, Catherine K.
Foran, Catherine K. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 5(3):5-6, May 2010.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, so recognizing it promptly is crucial. Treatment depends on the patient's clinical presentation—this article describes when to focus on rate control and when rhythm conversion takes priority.
Nursing Critical Care. 5(2):11-12, March 2010.
Which ECG abnormalities are actually normal in a patient undergoing therapeutic hypothermia? Here's how to know what's normal, recognize impending problems from overcooling, and how to intervene.
Nursing Critical Care. 5(1):5-7, January 2010.
About 15% of patients admitted for unstable angina demonstrated ECG changes diagnostic for Wellens syndrome, a critical stenosis of the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery. Here's how to recognize this potentially fatal condition and intervene appropriately.
Nursing Critical Care. 4(6):5-6, November 2009.
The usual treatments for tachycardia can make things worse if your patient has a preexcitation tachycardia. Find out about the differences in treatment and how to intervene appropriately.
Nursing Critical Care. 4(5):6-9, September 2009.
Learn to recognize preexcitation syndromes, including Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which can have life-threatening implications.
Collins, Michelle L.
Collins, Michelle L. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 4(4):6-8, July 2009.
Monitoring the ST segment for silent myocardial ischemia is potentially lifesaving but widely underused. Find out who should be monitored and how to prepare your patient.
Lee, Leslie Foran; Felmlee, Nancy
Lee, Leslie Foran; Felmlee, Nancy Less
Nursing Critical Care. 4(3):11-13, May 2009.
Brugada syndrome is a genetic cardiac defect that can lead to sudden cardiac death in apparently healthy young people (usually men). Although not fully understood, Brugada syndrome appears to be linked to an ion channel disorder. Careful history-taking and ECG analysis may help you save a patient's life.
Rocca, Joan Della
Rocca, Joan Della Less
Nursing Critical Care. 4(2):5-8, March 2009.
Find out how to respond to atrial fibrillation, the most common sustained dysrhythmia and a risk factor for stroke, cardiomyopathy, and heart failure.
Nursing Critical Care. 4(1):5-7, January 2009.
By understanding what causes long QT syndrome and how to manage it, you may be able to help your patient avoid the potentially lethal complications of this condition.
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