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Atrial fibrillation

Rachael Richardson Staff nurse, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

A learning zone article has helped Rachael Richardson understand how to detect this cardiac arrhythmia

Atrial fibrillation is a common post-operative complication for patients on a cardiothoracic ward. It is important to recognise it early, give a clear explanation of the condition to the patient and instigate early treatment with appropriate anticoagulants.

Nursing Standard. 26, 26, 59-59. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.

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