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A practical guide to external cardiac pacing

23 January 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

External (transcutaneous) pacing is a temporary means of pacing a patient’s heart during an emergency. Pulses of electrical current are delivered through the...

Assessment and treatment of patients with acute unstable bradycardia

30 January 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Bradycardia is a slow heart rate that can lead to cardiac arrest or occur after initial resuscitation following cardiac arrest. This article provides information on...

Implementing vernakalant: a novel approach to cardioversion

11 December 2018

Emergency Nurse

antiarrhythmic agents

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, and there is a one in four lifetime risk of developing the condition for people who are over the age of 40....

How to record a 12-lead electrocardiogram

20 April 2018

Nursing Standard

Rationale and key points Rationale and key points This article provides a step-wise, practical approach to recording a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and explores...

Early detection of inherited cardiac conditions in primary care

11 July 2018

Primary Health Care


Inherited cardiac conditions are a leading cause of sudden death in those under 40. A thorough family history taken in the primary care setting will enable early...

Diagnosis and management of patients with atrial fibrillation

26 April 2018

Nursing Standard

Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia and is the most frequent arrhythmia experienced by older people. It is caused by chaotic electrical activity in...