As cardiac arrhythmia services and the ability to perform electrophysiologic testing become more prevalent in the hospital setting, advanced practice nurses (APNs) are continually challenged to keep their skills in evaluating patients with dysrhythmias sharp and current. The experienced APN evaluates the patient’s history, recognizes physical findings, and uses noninvasive data to help diagnose, anticipate, and even prevent dysrhythmias. This article reviews the essential components of a systematic evaluation of patients with a known or potential rhythm disturbance.
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Cardiovascular Nursing| February 01 2001
The Clinician’s Approach to Evaluating Patients With Dysrhythmias
Jean M. Fenton, RN, MSN
From the Arrhythmia Service, Electrophysiology Laboratories, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.
Reprint requests to Jean M. Fenton, MSN, RN, Arrhythmia Nurse Coordinator, Electrophysiology Laboratories, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving Street NW, EP Lab-5A14L, Washington, DC 20010.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2001) 12 (1): 72–86.
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Jean M. Fenton; The Clinician’s Approach to Evaluating Patients With Dysrhythmias. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2001; 12 (1): 72–86. doi:
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