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Dysrhythmia (Basic) Interpretation Exam Content Outline

Exam Objective: To measure the overall level of clinical knowledge in the area of
Basic Rhythm Interpretation
I. Rhythm Interpretation-Sinus
A. Bradycardia
B. Normal Sinus Rhythm
C. Tachycardia
II. Rhythm Interpretation - Atrial
A. Atrial fib
B. Atrial flutter
C. PAC(Premature Atrial Contraction)
III. Rhythm Interpretation - Heart Blocks
A. 1st degree
B. 2nd degree-Mobitz I
C. 2nd degree-Mobitz II
D. 3rd degree

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IV. Rhythm Interpretation - Junctional


A. Accelerated Junctional
B. Junctional Tachycardia
C. Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
V.

Rhythm Interpretation - Paced

VI.

Rhythm Interpretation - Ventricular


A. Accelerated Idioventricular
B. Asystole
C. Idioventricular
D. PVC's-trigeminy
E. PVC's
F. Vfib
G. Vtach
H. SB w/ couplet

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Basic Steps to Rhythm Interpretation


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Basic Steps to Rhythm Interpretation


1.) Is the rhythm regular or irregular?
2.) What is the rate?
3.) Is the rate too slow or too fast?
4.) Is there a P for every QRS?
5.) Is there a QRS complex for every P-wave?
6.) What is the P-R Interval? Is it constant?
7.) Is the R-R interval regular?
8.) What is the QRS duration?
9.) Is the QRS wide or narrow?
10.) Are the QRS complexes grouped or not grouped?

Acronyms commonly used in patient care areas are included throughout this
assessment, as they relate to cardiac dysrhythmias and interpreting ECG
tracings. Below is a list of those acronyms accompanied with the
corresponding meaning:

PVC - Premature Ventricular Contraction

PAC - Premature Atrial Contraction

PJC - Premature Junctional Contraction

AV - Atrioventricular Node

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