Using a systematic approach for interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs) is necessary. A specific framework helps the reader avoid diagnostic errors made by focusing on the ECG as a whole instead of the individual parts. A step-by-step analysis may aid the clinician in recognizing both the obvious and subtle abnormalities that help guide therapy.
Karen Lieberman is a Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Services, at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationship or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.