ECG Question #27
A nurse caring for a client in the Intensive Care Unit observes the cardiac monitor and notes a rate of 165 bpm, no P waves, and wide QRS complexes. The nurse determines the client’s rhythm is:
- Premature ventricular contractions
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Sinus tachycardia
- Atrial Tachycardia
Ventricular tachycardia (V-Tach) is characterized by absent P waves, wide QRS complexes and a rate between 100 and 250 impulses per minute. The rhythm is usually regular. The characteristics of the client’s rhythm do not indicate premature ventricular contractions, sinus tachycardia, or atrial tachycardia.