Nursing students and new grad nurses are constantly bombarded with information! It is unrealistic to retain everything so it helps to keep a few notes nearby. One of the keys to my success as a nursing student was making cheat sheets to carry during clinicals. There are many intravenous cardiac meds, so I have compiled this […]
“When some QRSs don’t get through, now you have a Mobitz II”
A reference for understanding pacemaker identification codes.
“Longer, longer, longer, DROP– now you have a Wenckebach”
Generally, the amplitude of the T wave goes up and down, proportional to the K+ level. The QT interval generally lengthens and shortens opposite to Ca2+ levels.
“A heart murmur is a swooshing sound that occurs with turbulent blood flow in the heart or great vessels.”
There are four traditional valve areas noted- these are not the actual anatomical locations of the valves, but where they are heard the best.
“A person can die from severe blood loss within five minutes, making the short time from trauma to EMS arrival perhaps the most vital.”
Syndrome is a condition where an accessory (extra) electrical pathway exists between the atrium and the ventricles that bypasses the AV node.”
The pericardium is a double-walled sac enclosing the heart. The parietal pericardium (outer wall) has a tough, superficial fibrous layer of dense irregular connective tissue and a thin serous layer. The serous layer turns inward at the base of the heart to form the visceral pericardium. The pericardial sac is anchored by ligaments to the […]