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The Basic Cardiac Monitoring series contains six CE courses:

  • Understanding Fundamentals
  • Setting Up Cardiac Monitors
  • Dysrhythmias of the SA Node and Atria, Part I
  • Dysrhythmias of the SA Node and Atria, Part II
  • Dysrhythmias of the AV Node and Ventricles, Part I
  • Dysrhythmias of the AV Node and Ventricles, Part II
    • Agenda

    • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
    • Study the Terminology.
    • Read the course material.
    • Complete the Learning Activity.
    • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

      The material is organized around the following categories:

    • Introduction
    • General Dysrhythmia Procedures
    • The Normal ECG Waveform
    • Dysrhythmias Originating in the AV Node
    • Calculate a lidocaine drip titration rate when given a specific order.
    • Junctional Arrythmia
    • First Degree AV Block
    • Second Degree AV Block
    • Third Degree AV Block/Complete Heart Block
    • Dysrhythmias Originating in the Ventricles
    • Premature Ventricular contraction (PAC)
    • Ventricular Tachycardia
    • Ventricular Fibrillation
    • Asystole
    • Conclusion

      The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of identifying dysrhythmias of the AV node and the ventricles upon observation of an ECG waveform.

      After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

    • LIst nursing responsibilities when a dysrhythmia is detected.
    • Name the five steps in analyzing the ECG waveform.
    • Describe and recognize the main dysrhythmias that originate in the AV node, and describe their probable cause and the nursing intervention: Functional arrhythmia, first degree AV block, second degree AV block, and third degree or complete heart block.
    • Define the following ventricular dysrhythmias: premature ventricular contractions, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation.
    • Recognize from the ECG waveform the main ventricular dysrhythmias, state their probable causes, and identify the appropriate interventions.
    • Recognize the dysrhythmia called asystole and identify the appropriate interventions.
    • Describe the importance of a lidocaine drip when ventricular irritability occurs, and identify the potential toxic effects, and those patients at special risk.

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