Chapter 2. Principles of ECG Monitoring

  1. Philip Jevon RGN, BSc (Hon), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Published Online: 4 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318388.ch2

ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition

ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition

How to Cite

Jevon, P. (2009) Principles of ECG Monitoring, in ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318388.ch2

Author Information

  1. Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181624

Online ISBN: 9781444318388



  • ECG monitoring principles;
  • electrocardiography and electrical activity measurement in heart;
  • ECG monitoring - diagnostic tools in modern medicine;
  • emergence of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation;
  • ECG and cardiac contraction;
  • sinus rhythm - normal rhythm of heart;
  • electrophysiological interventions and implantable cardioverter defibrillators;
  • ECG electrode positioning;
  • three ECG cable monitoring system;
  • ambulatory cardiac monitoring and transient disturbances in ECG rhythm


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Historical Background to ECG Monitoring

  • How the ECG Relates to Cardiac Contraction

  • Indications for ECG Monitoring

  • Common Features of a Cardiac Monitor

  • Positioning of ECG Electrodes

  • Procedure to Establish ECG Monitoring

  • Problems Associated with ECG Monitoring

  • Principles of Exercise Stress Testing

  • Chapter Summary

  • References