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Unformatted text preview: • If pulseless, treat as VF Ventricular asystole: • No electrical activity of the ventricles • Failure of the conducting system due to damage complicating myocardial infarction • Cardiac massage can restore cardiac activity • No pulse, no blood pressure • ECG – flat line Electromechanical dissociation: • No effective cardiac output despite presence of normal or near-normal electrical activity • May have a treatable cause POTENTIALLY REVERSIBLE CAUSES Hypoxia Hypovolaemia Hyper / Hypokalaemia Hypothermia Tension pneumothorax Tamponade Toxic / Therapeutic disturbance Thromboembolic obstruction (PE)...
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Cardiac arrest, infarction, Ventricular fibrillation, acute cardiac events