CPR Indications - If pulseless, treat as VF Ventricular...

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CPR Indications The following acute cardiac events are common indications for initiating CPR and Life-Support measures: Cardiac arrest: Sudden and complete loss of cardiac function No pulse, patient loses consciousness, respiration ceases immediately Death is inevitable unless effective treatment is given promptly Ventricular fibrillation: 1. Due to myocardial infarction, ischaemia or electrocution 2. Structural heart disease, electrolyte disturbance increase susceptibility to VF 3. Arrhythmia produces rapid, ineffective uncoordinated movements of ventricles 4. No pulse, no blood pressure 5. ECG – chaotic, bizarre, irregular complexes Ventricular tachycardia:
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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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