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The ECG made ABC

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’This book may be useful as a manual when teaching basic life support if used with evidence based guidelines.’

Title: The ECG made ABC

Author: Gareth J Mallon

Publisher: Charleston

Reviewer: Cariona Flaherty, Lecturer in adult Nursing

What was it like?

The book achieves what it set to out to do by covering the basic concepts of ECG rhythm and recognition. The use of diagrams and illustrations are well thought out and used appropriately throughout the text.

What were the highlights?

I understand that the author is trying to make the book fun and easy to use, however this ‘humour’ has made the book confusing to read at times. For example the ”oh dear rhythms”, asystole is a vitally significant rhythm as is VF and I feel putting an ”oh dear” spin on these rhythms removes their significance. Additionally because the author uses a substantial amount of in text ”brackets” the flow of writing is interrupted, which results in the text becoming challenging to read. Finally I note that the writer makes a point to mention copyright at the beginning of the book, however the writer does not use references to support any of his work throughout the book, which I suspect will deter students from using the book as Health Education is so heavily reliant on evidence based reading material.

Who should read it?

I would not recommend this book to nursing students. Although this book may be useful as a manual when teaching basic life support if used with evidence based guidelines.

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