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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:

    • Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVC's)
    • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) (or V Tach)
    • Ventricular Fibrillation (VF or V Fib)
    • Asystole
    • First Degree AV Block
    • Second Degree AV Block
    • Third Degree or Complete Heart Block
    • LIdocaine Dosage Schedule
    • Toxicity
    • Titrating Lidocaine Drips

      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:

    • 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 of 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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