A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

What does 'EKG' mean?

Find out what EKG means. EKG is explained by Margaret McMillion - author of PERSONAL BAGGAGE


EKG is an abbreviation of the word, electrocardiogram, which gives a visual representation of the electrical activity of the heart. Impulses generated within the heart muscle spread throughout the heart tissue and are depicted in the form of waves that have characteristic patterns and correspond to specific events in the cardiac cycle. Precise information is obtained from the manner in which impulses originate and spread, and the nature of response throughout the heart.

The term EKG refers to a procedure in which electrode conductors are placed at specific sites on the chest in order to record changes in electrical potential at the skin surface, enabling the doctor to see the heart’s response from different angles.

On page 27 of PERSONAL BAGGAGE, Penny, working in Dixiana’s CCU, receives a doctor’s order to get an EKG on a patient in trouble, so she overhead pages for someone from the Respiratory Department to bring an EKG machine to the Unit.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"... summer-student helpers arrived to answer Penny’s page. “Where is Mr. Hall?” Penny said. “We need a Respiratory Therapist now! Go find him! Never mind, I’ll page him. Bring us the EKG Machine as fast as you can.” The teenager fled. When Penny returned to Darryl Dodson’s ..."

Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven
"... pattern. “Get a STAT EKG and I’ll be there as soon as I can reach a cardiologist and line up a bed in Jacksonville,” Dr. Lawrence said. “I imagine she needs a pacemaker. Tell the floor to get everything ready for a transfer. We need to get her on up there by ambulance.” Penny ..."
"... ready for a transfer. We need to get her on up there by ambulance.” Penny called Respiratory to do the EKG, then asked South Station’s unit secretary to bring the charts of the patients in rooms 301 and 306 to CCU. It was not all Penny’s fault because it would not have happened if ..."
"... the only ones she knew for sure were wrong. On Mrs. Sasser’s chart she wrote the order for a STAT EKG, then paged Mrs. Gwen. “I need a chart copied,” Penny said. “Dr. Lawrence is coming to send Bridget Sasser to Jacksonville for a pacer.” “You’re keeping me busy today!” the ..."

Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
"...Penny climbed into the back of the ambulance with her stethoscope and turned on the portable EKG machine. After loading the patient and securing his stretcher, Earl jumped into the back with her and helped her to connect the oxygen and the heart monitor. The IV site was not red or swollen, and Penny pinched the tubing, checking for blood return to be sure ..."

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"Margaret McMillion's PERSONAL BAGGAGE is a very entertaining story of professional life within a corrupt medical community, and the toll..."

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