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July, 2020
This is an educational web site by Dr. Dale Dubin (Dale Dubin, M.D.), which includes important EKG (ECG) information about EKG tracings, 12 lead EKG's, and cardiac monitors. All web sites offer free PDF downloads.

To order Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, scroll to the bottom of the page.

For nurses, practical understanding of the display on cardiac monitors (and the EKG [ "ECG" ] tracings they output) secures the fast track to the most rewarding and the highest paying jobs.

The most highly paid nursing positions are in hospital areas that provide critical and intensive care of unstable patients. In these departments, knowledge of cardiac monitors is mandatory.

Cardiac monitors displaying the heart’s electrical messages are standard equipment in critical care and emergency areas. However, cardiac monitors are quite common throughout the hospital. Don’t be intimidated! understanding is EASY.

Nurses can effortlessly gain a crystal-clear understanding the heart’s electrical messages with one simplified book, Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s, the most popular and most referenced EKG (ECG) text in the world. The new updated 6th edition of Rapid Interpretation of EKG's in full color has just been released. This renowned text, the international best-seller for thirty (35!) years, is now updated
with each printing (updated May, 2007), so it is the most current text available. It stresses understanding rather than memorizing, so it instills in you a lifetime of practical knowledge for the confidence you need to provide optimal, professional patient care.

Our web site presents general information to nurses about cardiac monitors and the EKG tracings they display. Our presentations on "Memory Images" and "Interactive Learning" provide entertaining information that empowers you with very useful, easily learned, medical knowledge, so you can impress yourself (and your colleagues). See how fast you learn! Take pride in your new knowledge; put it to use immediately. As you will soon see, it is quite easy to acquire and comprehend.

The section, "Life Preserver" ,demonstrates some EKG signs that may be present in apparently normal persons, yet the presence of these simple signs forebodes dangerous medical problems or even sudden death. By merely being attentive and observing these signs, you can then refer one of these patients for proper preventative treatment to become a "Life Preserver." By observation alone, you can save a meaningful life.

The presentation, "Monitor Warnings", uses the most advanced web site technology to show animated reproductions of cardiac monitor warning signs in real time, just like the cardiac monitor displays that you see in person. Brief, practical interpretations are provided and carefully explained. Your computer screen should accurately display these cardiac monitor warning signs that all medical professionals need to know in order to deliver responsible, lifesaving care.

For nurses already experienced with cardiac monitors, we present "Tricky Tracings" and will reward those who can submit and explain the first correct answer. Prizes! And if you want to learn more about identifying these common imposters, once the correct answers are posted, we will provide reference page numbers for more in-depth review (avoid future pitfalls!).

We also provide (free!) a simplified, step-by-step reference for interpretation of monitor displays and 12-lead EKG’s, the classic Personal Quick Reference Sheets ("Personal Reference"), previously available only by purchasing the book. It contains snips of example tracings, with brief explanations of each. This valuable quick review is yours to print out or quickly download as a PDF file. The Personal Reference download is from the new 6th edition so you can print it using a color printer. It’s your free gift to keep for daily reference or for your personal library.

This site is both entertaining and vitally practical for those devoted to professional patient care. The download speed depends on your computer. If you’ve read the information so far, everything should be ready. But if your computer requires more time, please be patient, for in the next few minutes you can easily acquire a wealth of useful information. Get a cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy the show as you absorb some practical knowledge.

The EKG (ECG) is the most important clinical indicator of the heart's function.

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[ Push lever above to turn on the cardiac monitor. ]
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Cardiac monitors are necessary standard equipment in all critical areas of the hospital.

Intensive Care
Coronary Care
Critical Care
Step-down Units
Emergency Department

Cardiac monitors are used in most patient areas, including labor & delivery and pediatrics, so all nurses and caregivers should understand the heart's electrical messages that are displayed on cardiac monitors.

From Rapid Interpretation of EKG's copyright © 2024 COVER Publishing Co. Inc.


In-hospital patient care requires knowledge and dedication.

From Rapid Interpretation of EKG's copyright © 2024 COVER Publishing Co. Inc.

Hospital care-givers at all levels must be knowledgeable and ready to respond properly.

From Rapid Interpretation of EKG's copyright © 2024 COVER Publishing Co. Inc.

Take advantage of this opportunity to gain the self-confidence of practical, useful - and often critical - knowledge. The new, enlarged/updated 6th edition of Rapid Interpretation of EKG's in full color is now available.

From Rapid Interpretation of EKG's copyright © 2024 COVER Publishing Co. Inc.


Say "Goodbye" to intimidation by cardiac monitors.

understanding provides lasting knowledge, and it assures calm effectiveness in emergency and stressful situations.
(Memorizing won't!)


Fact: Rapid Interpretation of EKG's is . . .

  • Number one best-seller in the United States, (and world-wide) since first published.
  • Published in 28 languages.
  • Updated with each printing (updated May, 2007), making it the most current text of its kind.

Your understanding of the EKG display on cardiac monitors will put you at the head of the pack in the competitive world of professional nursing.

GREAT NEWS... for U.K. and European readers!
Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's (in English)
is available in your country...
Call: +44 (0) 1524 68765 or Fax: +44 (0) 1524 63232
Email: [email protected]

* Rapid Interpretation of EKG's
revised and updated May, 2007
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understanding provides lasting knowledge...


it assures confidence in emergency and stressful situations.
(Memorizing won't!) 
Take pride in your new knowledge!