Bayoumi Magda

Bayoumi Magda

Beni-Suef University, Egypt

Title: 10 rules to interpret ECG in critical care unit



The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a diagnostic tool that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart in detail. Being able to interpret these details allows diagnosis of a wide range of heart problems. Nurses at critical care unit should be able to diagnose problems on an ECG, so is not a matter, just she/he looking at the strip and identify the problem or it is normal or not, she/he can safe patients' life.  Defiantly, frequent interruptions within the ICU may lead to errors that negatively impact patient care, furthermore deeper insight into the unique role of nurses in Critical care unit will promote understanding of what type of knowledge, skills, and attitudes are required to provide the services that will contribute to improved quality of care for critical patients. Today’s nurse is expected to make independent decisions in the day-to-day health care activities.  This decision-making ability comes from having relevant knowledge, appropriate attitude and expert skills about health care measures, which together may be referred to as health care competency. Finally, Nurses play a critical role in the process of obtaining, interpreting, and communicating ECG findings.