For apneic patients without a carotid pulse or patients with only gasping/agonal respirations, we will follow the Adult Cardiac Arrest algorithm.
For pulseless patients that the AED doesn't advise a shock, the patient's ECG shows asystole, or a non-perfusing organized rhythm (PEA), we will follow the right side of the Adult Cardiac Arrest algorithm.
Initial steps are aimed at delivery of high-quality CPR to keep the brain and vital organs alive.
Placement of an advanced airway.
Considering possible reversible H & T causes of cardiac arrest including three common causes of PEA and their emergent interventions.
When we should discontinue resuscitation efforts and call the code.
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