Nursing 211

N211: Health Differences Across the Lifespan I

Atrial Flutter is a saw tooth waveform; fluttering in the chest and the ventricular rhythm is regular. Management is cardioversion to treat at atrial dysrhythmias, antidysrhythmic drugs and radiofrequency catheter ablation.

Ventricular tachycardia presents with a wide, bizarre QRS complex. Treatment is synchronized cardioversion if pulse present (if no pulse present, treat as ventricular fibrillation) and antidysrthmic drugs.

Ventricular fibrillation is a cardiac emergency. Irregular undulations of varying amplitudes from coarse to fine. There is no cardiac output. Treatment is CPR, defibrillation as quickly as possible and antidysrhythmic drugs.


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