>Taking the Dread out of SVTs

>As a part of the class I am in now “advanced physical diagnosis” there have been about 100+ examples of “Things to remember at 3am”. Unfortunately, there have been so many great examples I naturally started to get them all muddled up. So in an effort to start keeping these things straight and as a way to find them later, figured I’d start adding these “pearls” here as I find come across them in the future.

Rule of 100’s: Taking the Dread out of SVTs – Often times, when you are handed an EKG its not always the most clear. Is this flutter? A fib? If the morphology is not clear for what type of SVT you have, just look at the rate:

100 +/- 50 = Sinus
200 +/- 50 = Atrial Tachycardia
300 +/- 50 = Atrial Flutter
400 +/- 50 = Atrial Fibrillation

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on February 17, 2011, in 3am. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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