Understanding the ECG. Part 10: Pacing, drugs and electrolytes

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Sampson, M (2016). Understanding the ECG. Part 10: Pacing, drugs and electrolytes. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 11 (8), pp. 376-388. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2016.11.8.376
AuthorsSampson, M
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This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see 10.12968/bjca.2016.11.8.376

Over the past nine months, this series has examined the most important topics in ECG
interpretation. These include cardiac anatomy and physiology, arrhythmias, heart blocks, preexcitation,
the cardiac axis, chamber enlargement, and myocardial ischaemia (Garcia, 2015). We
have also discussed many of the key principles of electrocardiography, and emphasised the need for
a structured approach to ECG evaluation (Gregory, 2006).
Inevitably in such a large subject, there are topics that we have not touched on. Some of these are
less relevant to cardiac nurses, and some more so. In this last instalment of the series, we address
three issues that have particular relevance to practitioners caring for cardiac patients. These are
 The recognition of cardiac pacing and pacing problems
 The ECG in the management of cardiovascular drugs
 And the diagnosis of electrolyte disturbances.
As with previous articles in the series, we will place the ECG in the context of clinical practice, and
consider important aspects of patient management.

Keywords1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology; 1110 Nursing; 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Year2016
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Journal citation11 (8), pp. 376-388
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
ISSN1749-6403
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2016.11.8.376
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Accepted02 Jul 2016
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