VECTORCARDIOGRAM

VECTORCARDIOGRAM – Purpose, Client Preparation, Procedure, After Care and Findings (NURSING PROCEDURE)

A vectorcardiogram is a graphic recording of electric forces of the heart. it is a noninvasive procedure that graphically records the direction and magnitude of the heart’s electric forces by means of a continuous series of vector loops. Three planes of the heart are recorded (frontal, sagittal and horizontal)

PURPOSE

A vectorcardiogram is used to assess ischemia, conduction defects and chamber enlargement (hypertrophy or dilation)

CLIENT PREPARATION

  • Explain to the client the purpose and procedure for vector cardiogram, no risk is involved
  • No present restrictions are required
  • Because electrode is applied to the four extremities and the chest clothing should permit easy access
  • If the male client’s chest is excessively hairy, the sites may need to be shaved

PROCEDURE

  • Establish a relaxed environment
  • Place the client in a supine position
  • Conduction jelly is placed on the electrodes and the electrodes are applied and recording is made

AFTER CARE

  • Remove the conduction jelly
  • Help the patient to a comfortable position

FINDINGS

  • Axis deviation
  • Conduction disturbances
  • Dysrhythmia
  • Hypertrophy of the ventricles
  • Therapeutic drug effects or toxicity
VECTORCARDIOGRAM – Purpose, Client Preparation, Procedure, After Care and Findings (NURSING PROCEDURE)
VECTORCARDIOGRAM – Purpose, Client Preparation, Procedure, After Care and Findings (NURSING PROCEDURE)

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