Medication Review: Adenosine

Pass ACLS Tip of the Day

Aug 25 2023 • 5 mins

Adenosine is the first IV medication given to stable patients with sustained supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) refractory to vagal maneuvers.

Common causes of tachycardia.

Symptoms indicating a stable vs unstable patient.

Cardiac effects of Adenosine.

Indications for use in the ACLS Tachycardia algorithm.

Considerations and contraindications.

Adenosine as a diagnostic for patients in A-Fib or A-Flutter with RVR.

Dosing and administration.

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