Recognizing Ventricular Arrhythmias and Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death

Rose M. Coughlin, MSN, RN, CNS-BC



Be prepared to stop these dangerous arrhythmias. If you can detect VT and VF early on and provide prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation, your chances of preventing sudden cardiac death are good.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information on how to identify and manage the patient with ventricular arrhythmia.


1. Identify the causes of ventricular arrhythmias.
2. Relate the heart’s electrical conduction to components of the normal electrocardiogram.
3. Differentiate the types of ventricular tachycardia (VT).
4. Describe the management of ventricular arrhythmias.


Rose M. Coughlin, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, is a Wound Healing Specialist at Northeast Surgical Associates of Ohio, Wound Management Service in Independence, Ohio. Previously, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Cardiothoracic Stepdown Units at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.8

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014


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