Cardiac Arrest Algorithm: Asystole & Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)

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Jan 22 2024 • 6 mins

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.

Epinephrine administration.

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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