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EKG Primer—A Computer Textbook

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Type: Electrocardiographic teaching program.
Computer: IBM PC or XT running PC-DOS 2.0 or higher. Requires at least 256 kilobytes of memory, color graphics card, and color monitor.
Format: Three 5¼-inch copy-protected double-sided floppy disks.
Documentation:14-page pamphlet.
Publisher:Information Systems for Medicine, Inc., 2936 Paper Mill Road, Phoenix, MD 21131. (301) 666-2672: .
Price:$150. (Additional $30 for back-up copies).
Audience: Medical students, nurses.

Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):648. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-648_1
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This interactive program uses graphics and text to teach the concepts of basic electrocardiography. The first part of the program includes a description of the normal electrocardiogram; determination of electrical axis; and the characteristic patterns seen with myocardial infarction, bundle branch blocks, hypertrophy, and preexcitation. The second part shows the electrocardiographic findings of arrhythmias, including supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias; premature contractions; sinoatrial and atrioventricular block; as well as the electrocardiographic changes seen with drugs and electrolyte abnormalities. The final part is a quiz consisting of 40 multiple-choice and true-false questions, and two sets of patient management questions.

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