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8:00 Welcome/Introduction
5627(27'(89::(!;!(<+"$2'*( 8: 15 AHA ACLS Overview Video
)'&'-26=6&$26,%(>(.'-26=6&$26,%( 8:30 Instructor presentation of lethal rhythms & pretest
8:45 AHA Video ACLS Primary/Secondary Survey
! Instructor presentation of 2011 BLS
9:00 AHA ACLS Video Airway Management
9:30 AHA BLS Video
9:45 Practice BLS with manikins/BMV/Barrier/AED
10:00 Instructor presentation of ACLS
11:00 AHA video of Heart Attack and Stroke
12:00 AHA video of Mega Code
12:15 Instructor presentation of Mega Code
Skills stations
Written exam
8:00 Welcome, Introduction, Pretest!
8:30 Lethal Rhythm Review & Practice!
9:30 Primary and Secondary Survey Video/Practice
10:00 Airway Management
11:00 BLS Practice
12:00 Lunch
1:00 VF/PEA/Asystole
2:00 Bradycardias
Acute Coronary Syndrome/Stroke
Practice Skills
Airway Management
3:00 Scenario Discussions if time allows
4:00 Mega Code instructor presentation

8:00 Putting it all together
Nurses Educational Opportunities 9:00 Mega Code Review 10:00 Mega Code and Written evaluation
Toll Free 866.266.2229 11:00 Remediation if appropriate
Copyright 2011
Upon the completion this ACLS course the learner will be able to:
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Simulate a team leader and a team member When the electricity goes through the heart it travels from the
Simulate airway management SA node to the AV node. As that occurs it causes the atrium to contract
Verbalize the steps to assist in intubation and a P wave appears on the EKG paper. When the electricity travels on
Verbalize 5 steps in confirming ET tube placement through the Bundle Branches it causes the ventricles to contract and the
Verbalize the definition of ROCS QRS complex appears. When the heart goes through its resting phase the
Verbalize the Hs and Ts with the signs and symptoms T wave appears. If you have a P wave, QRS complex, and a T wave
and interventions you have a Sinus Rhythm.
Verbalize the four interventions for Bradycardia A Q wave is an abnormal wave and should no
Verbalize the technique of managing the pacemaker appear. It is a downward deflection in the QRS complex.
Discuss an unstable tachycardia and the steps in cardioversion It indicates an infarction has or is occurring.
Discuss a stable tachycardia and appropriate drug interventions
Verbalize the time frame required to initiate stroke To determine the age of the infarction we must examine the
interventions isoelectric line. The isoelectric line should be level as it is seen in
Discuss the signs and symptoms of ACS and interventions the tracing on the following page. The dark heavy line that enters
the QRS complex is at the same level that comes out of the QRS
Discuss the signs and symptoms of acute stroke and interventions. complex. This line may come out of the QRS complex elevated or
Discuss therapeutic hypothermia depressed. Note the elevation in the above complex. Examine the
Upon completion of the ACLS course the learner will be able to recognize and 12-lead EKG on page 6. Note the elevation in Lead I and Lead
select appropriate drugs for the following rhythms: AVL. Note the depression in V3 and V4.
Ventricular Fibrillation
Q waves with ST segment elevation may indicate an ST
segment elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) and rapid and early
Asystole reperfusion is essential for optimal outcome
Supraventricular Tachycardia
Rapid Atrial Fibrillation There are several ways to determine the rate of the rhythm. Your
Torsades de Pointes NEO instructor will show you the following way in class. Memorize the
Bradycardia numbers in red on the next page. You may want to memorize them in
groups of three. (300-150-100) (75-60-50) Then find a complex that
1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree Blocks
lands on a bold line. Go to the next bold line and say 300, then 150,
Paced rhythm then 100, then 75, then 60. The second complex landed between
Upon completion of this ACLS course the learner will be able to 60 and 75. In resuscitation. Approximate rates are all that you need to
Demonstrate BLS with the AED know.
Demonstrate Respiratory Management with a pulse The following rhythm is a sinus rhythm with a rate 60-75 bpm.
Demonstrate Respiratory Management without a pulse There is no Q wave. The isoelectric line is level. The T wave is upright.
Demonstrate interventions of Bradycardia VF Asystole
Demonstrate intervention of Unstable Tachycardia VF PEA ROSC
Demonstrate intervention of Stable Tachycardia VF PEA ROSC
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Generally regular Sinus Rhythm with occasional PVCs. QRS is less
than 0.12 sec; therefore, there is no Bundle Branch Block.
There are significant Q waves in I and AVL.
ST segments are elevated in I and AVL.
!Do you see Q waves? _______________
ST segments are depressed V1, V2, V3 and V4.
T waves are inverted in AVF and flat in II, III, and all chest
!IsIs the T wave upright? ______________
the isoelectric line level? __________

leads. !What is the rate? ___________________
This is a normal sinus rhythm.
Patients with coronary atherosclerosis may develop a spectrum of
clinical syndromes representing varying degrees of coronary artery
occlusion. These syndromes include are as follows:
ST segment elevation MI (STEMI)
Characterized by ST-segment elevation in two or more contiguous
precordial leads or 2 or more adjacent limb leads or by a new left
bundle branch block. !
non-ST segment elevation MI (NSTEMI)
Characterized by ischemic ST segment depression or dynamic T-wave
inversion with pain or discomfort.
!Do you see Q waves? _______________
Is the T wave upright? ______________
Unstable angina (UA) !Is the isoelectric line level? __________
!A sinus tachycardia usually does not exceed a rate of 120-130 bpm.
Characterized by chest pain without exertion and normal or What is the rate? ___________________
nondiagnostic ECG.

STEMI: rate of greater than 180 bpm is referred to as a supraventricular
The ST segment elevated MI is the most time critical myocardial

infarction. Early reperfusion with clot busters called fibrinolytics or
most important principle in managing a sinus tachycardia is
balloon dilatation or stent placement called PCI (Percutaneous
Coronary Intervention) will reduce mortality and minimize
identify the cause.
myocardial injury if achieved within 12 hours of onset. Fibrinolytics
are generally not recommended for patients that present greater that 12
hours of onset.
Bundle Branch Blocks:
BBB are easily diagnosed with an ECG by merely measuring the QRS
complex. If the QRS complex measures greater than 0.10 seconds a
!Do you see Q waves? _______________
BBB exist. It can slow on the right (Right Bundle Branch Block) or
slow on the left (Left Bundle Branch Block). A RBBB will have a
!IsIs the T wave upright? ______________
the isoelectric line level? __________
rabbit ear configuration
whereas a LBBB will look
!What is the rate? ___________________
A rate of less than 60 beats per minute is a Bradycardia
slurred. !A Bradycardia that is symptomatic requires intervention. The drug of
choice for a symptomatic Bradycardia is Atropine at 0.5 mg.*
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! This a Third Degree/Complete Heart Block.
! The atrium is working. The ventricles are working. But they are not
This is a First Degree Block because the PR interval is greater than 0.20 working together.
seconds. ! The P waves are marching across. The QRS complexes are marching
Each little box measures 0.04 seconds. There are 8 little boxes from
the beginning of the P to the beginning of the Q. ! across. But they are not marching together.
The PR interval in this strip is 8 x .04 = .32 seconds. ! The P wave does not cause the QRS complex to occur. There is a
This heart rate is about 40 bpm. If this patient is symptomatic and complete block. This is serious. Your patient will require a
probably is, Atropine is the drug of choice at 0.5 mg. ! Transcutaneous Pacemaker. Atropine speeds up the SA node and since
! there are P waves that are blocked. You need a transcutaneous
pacemaker. You should consider Atropine while preparing for the
! pacemaker*. (AHA 2010 Update)
This is a Mobitz I, Second Degree Block. !
It is also called the Wenckebach.
The PR interval progressively lengthens until a QRS complex is
The patient has a heart rate of about 60 bpm and may be
asymptomatic and may require no intervention, but you wont
know until you check on this patient. If the patient is symptomatic !
you may consider Atropine at 0.5 mg. ! This is another sample of a Third Degree/Complete Heart Block
! Notice the PR intervals are not consistent.
! Try Atropine but dont rely on atropine to do the job
! Try Epinephrine and/or Dopamine for its vasoconstrictive properties.
Try Transcutanious Pacing

This is a Mobitz II, Second Degree Block. Epinephrine dose is 2-10 mcg/min
The QRS complexes are dropped following some of the P waves. whereas
There is no progression of PR intervals as in the Mobitz I. Dopamine dose is 2-10 mcg/kg/min
Do you see the similarities
This is a serious situation!! Do you see the differences
This requires a Transcutaneous Pacemaker.
You may consider Atropine 0.5 mg while awaiting the pacemaker. Keep in mind check the pulse
Atropine speeds up the SA 9node and since there are P waves that are 10
If there is no pulse- administer Epinephrine 1 mg*
blocked it is not a good drug for these high degree blocks. (AHA 2010
++ Atropine is no longer recommended. (AHA 2010 Update)
Give priority to IV/IO access.
! Do not routinely insert an advanced airway unless bag/mask is
! !
This is a fibrillating heart and often referred to as a
! Ventricular Fibrillation sometimes called a VF.
! To defibrillate a fibrillating heart shock it to stop it.
Like rebooting your computer!!!.
This is a Torsades de Pointes.
This is a rhythm that is wide and ugly.
This rhythm is appropriate to defibrillate
Wide and ugly is usually ventricular in origin.
There are two ways to defibrillate Monophasic or Biphasic
! Monophasic defibrillators direct the electrical energy into one
Look closely at this rhythm it appears in groups.
That indicates it is jumping its focus.
Biphasic defibrillators direct the! electrical energy into both pads
Pad and out the other - Use 360 joules
Magnesium is the drug of choice.
at the same time. Biphasic is better because you only
have to use half as many joutles 200 joules

! This is called a polymorphic tachycardia.
This is another tachycardia that is wide and ugly!!
! Wide and ugly is usually ventricular in origin.
The complexes are irregular.
! If a patient has polymorphic VT, the patient is likely to be unstable, and
This is an Asystole. It is also referred to as an agonal rhythm. rescuers should treat the rhythm as VF. They should deliver high-
You must not call this a Flat Line. energy defibrillations. (2005 Update)
A Flat Line occurs when the leads come off your patient.
An Asystole occurs when the heart dies.
To confirm the difference between asystole and flat line turn up the
gain or sensitivity on your monitor.
An Asystole is the final rhythm of a patient initially in VF or VT
Prolonged efforts are unnecessary and futile unless special situations
exsist such as hypothermia and drug overdose.
Keep up with your high-quality CPR
Try some Epinephrine 1 mg every 3-5 minutes.
Try some Vasopressin 40 units for EITHER the first dose of This is called a monomorphic tachycardia.
Epinephrine or the second dose. NOT in addition to Epi.. This is another tachycardia that is wide and ugly!!
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The complexes here are uniform.
There are two rules about wide complex tachycardias.
Rule #1 Always assume they are ventricular in origin
This is a Supraventricular Tachycardia. This rhythm is going very
! fast. It is going super fast. It is originating above the ventricles. This is a Tachycardia with the Vagal Maneuver.

! Therefore supra-ventricular tachycardia. Check your patient.

If this patient is stable try Adenosine. The initial dose is 6
! mg* If that doesnt work you may try 12 mg and if that doesnt
work try again 12 mg.
! Push it fast and flush it fast. Anticipate a 6 second asystole.
! You could try the Vagal Maneuver. The AHA considers the vagal
maneuver your first intervention.* Be careful, your hospital may not
want you to do this. You may vagal! your patient down to a complete
heart block.
This is a wide-complex tachycardia. Assume it is ventricular in
origin until you prove otherwise. Therefore, this is a ventricular
This is another example of a Supraventricular Tachycardia. If the patient is stable you should consider Amiodarone for treatment.
(AHA 2010 Update)
Supraventricular Tachycardias: If the patient is unstable you should check his pulse.
Usually go faster than 180 If he is unstable with a pulse you would need to
Have an abrupt start
If there is no pulse this is a pulseless ventricular tachycardia
Have narrow complexes and you need to defibrillate.

Note you may not see the abrupt start on the ECG strip (like on your
test)!!! The test question states that the patient suddenly felt dizzy,
indicating a SVT may have occurred. If this patient is stable:*
Try the vagal maneuver*
If that doesnt work, try adenosice 6-12-12
If that doesnt work, try cardioversion

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Atrial flutter is a dysrhythmia that occurs in adults with severe 2011 CPR starts with scene safety and then:
damage to the heart muscle. The A-V node does not allow conduction of Check your patient for unresponsiveness and if your patient is
all the atrial impulses to the ventricles. The atrial response may be 240- unresponsive you must immediately call the hospitals emergency
360 beats per minute while the ventricular response may be 75-150 beats response system Call the Code!!
per minute. The ECG tracing has a saw tooth appearance. Then return to the patient and take no more that 10 seconds to assess for
breathing and pulse. Patients that are gasping or agonal breathing do not
The clinical significance of atrial flutter is the ventricular response have adequate breathing. If there is no pulse or breathing begin chest
rate. If the ventricular response rate is 75 beats per minute, it should be compressions immediately at a rate of 100 X min.* (AHA 2010 Update)
well tolerated. If, on the other hand, the ventricular response rate is 150 Push hard (demo in class)
beats per minute, it could cause angina, congestive heart failure or other Push fast (demo in class)
signs of cardiac decompensation. The following strip shows flutter
Allow the chest to recoil (demo in class)
waves. If the ventricular rate is greater than 150 bpm, cardioversion is
indicated. Minimize interruptions. If interruptions are needed, take 10 sec or
High-quality CPR can easily be performed without advanced equipment
until the AED arrives.
There are 3 ways to provide rescue breaths
Mouth to mouth (demo in class)
Mouth to barrier device (demo in class)
! Bag/Mask Ventilation (demo in class)
Atrial fibrillation is asynchronous contraction of the atrial The BLS survey includes the following:
muscles that causes the atria to contract irregularly and faster than the Check for unresponsiveness
ventricles. This atrial fibrillation results in complete incoordination of Activate the EMS and get the AED
atrial contractions so that atrial pumping ceases altogether. When the
Check for circulation
muscle fibrillates, the muscle fibers of the atrium quiver individually
instead of contracting together. The quivering cancels out the pumping of Early defibrillate if appropriate*
the atrium and blood may pool in the atrium of the heart. This pooling The best chance of survival:
can promote thrombus formation within the atria. If the patient is
2 minutes of CPR then 1 shock then 2 more minutes of CPR
unstable cardiovert. Do not cardiovert a stable patient without expert
consultation. Switch providers every 2 minutes.which is 5 cycles*
If the AED indicates no shock advised or does not promptly analyze the
rhythm, you must resume CPR beginning with chest compressions and
continue for 2 minutes which is 5 cycles*

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Rotation of 2-man CPR is every 2 minutes. The switch
)%//+&7!4=(!),#(! should be completed in 5 sec. (2005 Update)
Rescue Breaths without compressions =
10-12 breaths/min = 1 breath every 5-6 sec
Assessment begins with checking for stability. You must Rescue Breaths for a victim with a pulse is also
call the code if your patient: 10-12 breaths/min = 1 breath every 5-6 sec*
Is unresponsive. Rescue Breaths with advanced airway =
If your hospital has a Rapid Response Team you may want to call the RR 8-10 breaths/min = 1 breath every 6-8 sec. Each
Team for identifying and treating early clinical deterioration.* breath given over 1 second*
Severe respiratory distress. (2005 Update)
Chest Pain or Facial Droop, Arm Drift, Slurred Speech OPEN THE AIRWAY (A for Airway)
Symptomatic Bradycardia There are three ways to open the airway:
After you call the code call return to your patient and take only 10 Head tiltchin lift
seconds to determine if your patient is breathing or has a pulse. If there is Jaw thrust for the trauma patient
no pulse begin CHEST COMPRESSIONS (C for compressions) Suctioning the oropharyngeal airway if secretions are present
Yanker or catheter suction. Limit suctioning to 10 seconds
Effective Chest Compressions: .
Changes in the ACLS treatment of cardiac arrest have
been designed to minimize interruptions in chest compressions
A patient is RESPIRATORY FAILURE with a heart rate that is
for rhythm check, pulse check, and ACLS therapies. There is dropping rapidly, consider this patients bradycardia is caused by a
much more emphasis on CPR with minimal interruptions in breathing problem and not a heart problem. Therefore, airway
chest compression. Two of three studies showed that 1 - 3 management with simple airway maneuvers and assisted
minutes of EMS CPR before attempted defibrillation improved ventilations is your highest priority for a heart rate that is dropping
survival for victims of VF/SCA.(2005 Update) rapidly.*
Push Hard, Push Fast, and Allow the Chest to
Recoil. are the three components of high-quality CHECK FOR BREATHING (B for Breathing)
CPR.* Ventilations may be provided by choosing one of three ways:
Minimize interruptions. Prolonged interruptions of chest Mouth to mouth
compressions is the most common mistake of managing All rescuers should take a normal breath not a deep breath
cardiac arrest.* When chest compressions are before mouth-mouth or mouth to barrier device. The rescuer
interrupted, blood flow stops and coronary artery should be able to make the chest rise without taking a deep
perfusion pressure quickly falls. The lower the coronary breath. (2005 Update)
artery perfusion pressure the lower the victims chance One way valve Barrier Device using a normal breath.
of survival. (2005 Update) Bag Mask Ventilation
Breaths that are given too quickly, too forcefully, or too
Successful resuscitation of a patient in cardiac arrest depends large of volume may be harmful for several reasons:
greatly on the performance of high-quality CPR. The positive pressure in the chest that is created by
Compression-to-Ventilation ratio should be 30:2 for all rescue breaths will decrease venous return to the heart.
ages with 5 cycles which is 2 minutes of CPR. This limits the refilling of the heart, so it will reduce

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cardiac output created by subsequent chest
compressions. In the Megacode you will be evaluated on using your leader skills
Large tidal volumes and forceful breaths in the and member skills.
unprotected airway are also likely to cause gastric
inflation and its complications. (2005 Update) The first two responders to your code call may be the RTs!!! I
The rescuer should compress a 1 L bag about half. found these guys to be Johnny on the spot. You might delegate them
The rescuer should compress a 2 L bag about a third to take over the CPR for you that frees you up to Be A Leader! The
Less ventilations than previously are now recommended: RTs may want to maintain the airway with the following devices.
During the first minutes of CPR for VF and Sudden Oropharyngeal airway for the unconscious patient (demo)
Cardiac Arrest (SCA), the oxygen content in the blood Nasopharyngeal airway for the semiconscious patient (demo in
initially remains adequate but the blood delivery is class)
inadequate. They will be responsible for airway management of oxygen
Therefore, chest compressions are more important for administration and suction.
the delivery than the ventilations.
The next responder may be bringing the crash cart. You might
H(!%!0(%#(*! delegate someone to be the med nurse and open the cart and do the
As a first responder you may be the code team leader until the following:
hospital code team arrives. As a code team leader Start 2 IV sites in the anticubital if not already done Do not
You will delegate roles and responsibilities according to scope of interrupt CPR for IV access
practice Hang NS to each IV site
You will organize interventions to minimize interruptions in chest Pull up two 20 cc syringes of NS to use for fluid boluses
compressions. Prepare 2 syringes of Epinephrine each 1 mg (can be given ET)
You will ask for confirmation of task that have been completed Prepare 1 dose of Vasopressin (40 unites) as a alternative to
Ask for good ideas for differential diagnoses. Ask if anything has Epinephrine (can be given ET).
been overlooked. Prepare some other alternatives such as antiarrhythmics
Review on going record of drugs and treatments administered Amiodarone 300 mg first dose: 150 mg second dose
Speak in a friendly, controlled tone of voice. Avoid shouting!! Lidocaine 1-1.5 mg/kg first dose: 0.5-0.75 second dose
(both of the above can be given ET)
H(!%!<(%@!R(@:(*! Intravenous or intraosseous drug administration is preferred to
As a team member endotracheal administration. For this reason, the endotracheal doses of
You should have a clear understanding of your role assignment resuscitation medications are not listed in the ACLS Pulseless Arrest
and be prepared to carry out those responsibilities. Algorithm.
A team member may be required to intervene if the action that is
about to occur is inappropriate. The optimal endotracheal dose of most drugs in unknown but is
Repeat the drug and dose that is to be administered and follow-up typically 2-2 times the recommended IV dose. Providers should dilute
with closed loop communication (ie Epi in) the recommended dose in 5-10 ml of water or normal saline and inject it
Ask for new task if your unable to perform the task assigned. into the endotracheal tube. Some studies indicate that dilution in water
Clearly draw attention to significant changes in the patients rather than normal saline may achieve a better drug absorption.
clinical condition.
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Administration of drugs into the trachea results in lower blood conduct electricity. The IV nurse should not be administering drugs into
concentration than the same dose given by IV route. Thus, although the the IV ports.
endotracheal administration of some resuscitation drugs is possible, IV or Im clear
IO drug administration provides more predictable drug delivery and Youre clear
pharmacological effect. (2005 Update) Oxygen clear*
You may want to delegate the next responder to scribe the code. Defibrillate one time and one time only and then direct the RTs
That should be someone that is familiar with the drugs, is an ACLS (if thats who you delegated to do CPR) to continue chest compression
provider, and is good with charting details. along with bag/mask ventilation for two additional minutes without
interruptions. Do not pause for greater than 10 seconds to recheck the
You may want to delegate someone to be in charge of the rhythm. Providing quality compressions immediately before a
defibrillator and attach the defibrillator to the patient. Most defibrillators defibrillation increases the chance of successful conversion of VF.*
have jell pads and some have quick look paddles. Jell pads or self
adhesive pads referred to as hands free pads allow for more rapid Delegate the med nurse to administer the drug of your choice.
defibrillations* and will reduce the risk of electrical arcing. If you are For most team leaders that would be Epinephrine 1 mg IV followed with
using quick look paddles dont forget to put conductive jell on the a 20 cc NS fluid bolus.
When VF cardiac arrest is present for several minutes, the heart
Once the defibrillator is attached to the patient by placing a pad or has probably used up most of the available oxygen needed to contract
paddle on the upper right chest and a second pad or paddle on the lateral effectively. The VF is therefore, fine VF and defibrillation is not
left chest you will be able to determine the rhythm that needs to be typically successful. If it is successful, it is unlikely to pump blood
treated. If the following rhythm appears on your monitor it is a effectively for several seconds or even minutes after defibrillation. A
ventricular fibrillation and you must defibrillate the fibrillating heart. period of CPR BEFORE shock delivery will provide some blood flow to
the heart, delivering some oxygen and substrate to the heart muscle. This
will make a shock more likely to eliminate the VF and will make the
heart more likely to resume an effective rhythm and effective pumping
function after shock delivery. (2005 Update)
After one shock of either biphasic or monophasic current begin
uninterrupted chest compressions for 2 minutes/5 cycles at a ratio of 30:2
with a compression rate (speed) of 100 X minute. (2005 Update)
Determine the type of monitor you have
Monophasic One way current With most defibrillators now available, the first shock eliminates
Use one single shock at 360 joules for an adult. VF more than 85% of the time. In cases where the first shock fails,
Biphasic Two way current resumption of CPR is likely to confer a greater value than another shock.
Use one single shock at 150-200 joules for adults. Even when a shock eliminates VF, it takes several minutes for a
Before the machine can discharge the shock it needs to be normal heart rhythm to return and more time for the heart to create blood
charged. CPR should be continued during the charging of the flow. A brief period of chest compressions can deliver oxygen and
defibrillator to minimize interruptions* New defibrillators charge rapidly sources of energy to the heart, increasing the likely that the heart will be
(<10 sec). Before defibrillation always - keep yourself safe. and check able to effectively pump blood after the shock. (2005 Update)
others to make sure everyone is clear. Keep in mind IV tubing can
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When VF or pulseless VT persist after 2-3 shocks plus CPR and
administration of a vasopressor, consider administering an
S,.Q*(!-4+//!4=(!0(%#(*TT! antiarrhythmic such as Amiodarone or Lidocaine for refractory
Most leaders choose Epinephrine as the first line drug in VF for the (unresponsive) VF or VT. . The arrest dose of Amiodarone is 300 mg*
following reasons: and the follow up dose if needed is 150 mg and given only one time.
Speeds up the heart The arrest dose of Lidocaine is 1-1.5 mg/kg and additional doses of
Increases the contractility 0.5-0.75 mg/kg (2005 Update)
Improves coronary artery pressure
Amiodarone Lidocaine
IV/IO 1 mg (Cordarone) (if Amio not avail)
The recommended route in cardiac arrest is the peripheral IV.* 300 mg IVP (1st dose) 1-1.5mg/Kg. IVP
Always bolus after administration Every 3-5 minutes Every 3-5 minutes
Additional dose, 150 mg IVP Additional doses,
Push it in the IV port Max dose, 2.2 gm/24 hours 0.5-0.75 mg/Kg
Push it up with a fluid bolus Not OK for ET tube Max dose, 3mg/Kg
Push it around with some UNINTERRUPTED CHEST OK for ET tube
Repeat defibrillation if your patient remains in VF or Pulseless VT >-4%:/+-=!%&!"#$%&'(#!"+*O%6!
after 2 minutes/5 cycles of Compression/Ventilations After 2 minutes of CPR following the defibrillation you may
Epinephrine may be given every 3-5 minutes. The scriber must want to establish an advanced airway.Because insertion of an advanced
keep track of the times the medications are given. airway may require interruption of chest compressions for many seconds,
One dose of Vasopressin (40 units) may be given IV or IO instead the rescuer should weigh the need for compressions against the need for
of EITHER the first or second dose of Epinephrine. Give insertion of an advanced airway. Rescuers may defer insertion of an
Vasopressin one time and one time only. (2005 Update) advanced airway until the patient fails to respond to initial CPR and
defibrillation. As a Code Team Leader you may want to direct the
Drug Administration: intubator not to intubate until 2 minutes of effective chest
When drug administration is indicated, the drugs should be compressions have been completed.
administered during CPR, as soon as possible after the rhythm is
checked. A drug may administered during the CPR that is performed Insertion of an advanced airway may not be a high priority.
while the defibrillator is charging, or during the CPR performed Because insertion of an advanced airway may require interruption
immediately after the shock is delivered. Drug delivery should not of chest compressions for many seconds, the rescuer should weigh
interrupt CPR. Rescuers should prepare the next drug dose before it is the need for compressions against the need for insertion of an
time for the next rhythm check so that the drug can be administered as advanced airway. Airway insertion may be deferred until several
soon as possible after the rhythm check. minutes into the attempted resuscitation. (2005 Update)
The timing of the drug is less important than minimizing Once the ET tube is in continuous chest compression must be
interruptions in chest compressions. given with no pauses for ventilation.*
A drug may be administered: Do not use ties to secure the ET tube around the neck because
During the CPR it can occlude venous return*
While the defibrillator is charging If the ET tube requires suctioning, suction during withdrawal
Immediately after the shock (2005 Update) and take no more than 10 sec.*
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Once the tube is inserted the placement needs to be confirmed:
Mist in the tube may be first seen.
Check for gastric sounds next.
Check for lung sounds left first then right.
CO2 detector turning gold.
Continuous capnography waveform is the most reliable method of
confirming and monitoring placement of the ET tube*
Capnography is now recommended by the AHA to confirm and
monitor the endotracheal tube as well as the adequacy for CPR* S,.Q*(!-4+//!4=(!/(%#(*TT!!
based on end-tidal CO2. Update 2010 Continue CPRW!
Recall lab values of CO2 level of a blood Gas should be Delegate your team to look for the Possible Causes
35-40. Therefore, the closer your capongrahy reading is to P = Possible cause (?)
normal values, the more effective the resuscitation E = Epinephrine 1 mg *. which is a vasopressor
technique. No vasopressor has been shown to increase survival
Such as after ROSC the PETCO2 should be 35-40 mg/h from PEA. Because vasopressors (epinephrine and
A PETCO2 level of >10 would be a sign of effective CPR.* vasopressin) can improve aortic diastolic blood pressure
whereas, a PETCO2 level of 8 would indicate ineffective CPR* and coronary artery perfusion pressure, vasopressors
such as epinephrine continue to be recommended*.
A = No longer is Atropine recommended for PEA.. The AHA
recommends Vasopressin (2010 Update)

The ability to achieve a good resuscitation outcome, with return of a

perfusion rhythm and spontaneous respirations of a PEA depends on
rapid assessment and identification of an immediately correctable cause.
The two most common causes of PEA are hypovolemia and Hypoxia
The American Heart refers to the causes as the Hs and Ts They are as
Clues: Poor skin color (pallor).
Rapid heart rate with narrow complex
Flat neck vein
Intervention: Open up the bag of NS
Clues: Cyanosis
Slow heart rate
Intervention: Check the FIO2
Check airway placement

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Hypothermia "-6-4,/(!
Clues: Cold skin
Low core temperature
Intervention: Use warmed NS
Caution: not dead till warm and dead.
Clues: Peaked T waves
History of renal failure
Intervention: Infuse Na Bicarb Prognosis is poor
Hypokalemia Continue CPR
Clues: Flat T waves IV access is a priority over advanced airway management unless
Intervention: Infuse K+ (not be confused with K+ bag/mask ventilation is ineffective.
bolus!) Do not routinely insert an advanced airway unless ventilations with
Hydrogen ion excess metabolic acidosis a bag-mask are ineffective.
Clues: Small amplitude QRS Start 2 IV sites in the anticubital if not already done Do not
History of renal failure interrupt CPR for IV access
Hypoglycemia Try more Epi 1 mg or Vasopressin as an alternative for EITHER
Clues: Altered LOC the first or second dose of epinephrine
Intervention: D5w The standard epinephrine dose is 1 mg IV/IO every 3-5 minutes
Tension Pneumothorax check breath sounds of 1:10,000 solution*. High-dose epinephrine is not routinely
Clues: Deviated trachea recommended.
Neck vein distention The AHA no longer recommends Atropine for the asystole (2010
Intervention: Needle decompress the chest Update)
Tamponade Remember this is a nonshockable rhythm
Clues: Bulging neck veins Be aware of some reasons to terminate resuscitative efforts, such
Rapid heart rate as rigor mortis, indications of DNR and threat to safety.
Intervention: Pericardiocentsis
Thrombosis coronary and/or lung
Clues: Coronary = ST segment elevation =
Clues: Lung = Distended neck vein Call the
Toxins - (drug overdose)
Clues: Bradycardia
Intervention: Try some Narcan This delegating is kinda nifty!! You may like being the code team

If the following rhythm appears on the monitor you must call this an
asystole. Do not call this rhythm a flat line.
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<=(!H*%#6'%*#+% 5%'(@%U(*!
For a complete heart block you will need to consider a transcutaneous
pacemaker. Heres the skinny on the dials!!
There will be a pacemaker mode on your
defibrillator. There will be 2 dials.
Rate Dial
You may want a rate to be 60.
Immediate supplemental oxygen as needed to keep sats >94% mA Dial
Quickly obtain an IV access. The energy is measured in milliamps.
Call for a 12-lead ECG Select the amps (usually 2 mA above the
The bradycardias may include the following: dose at which consistent capture is observed)
Sinus Bradycardia Place the TC electrodes on the patient:
First Degree Block Anterior electrode to the left of the sternum
Second Degree Block (Mobitz I and Mobitz II) Posterior electrode on the back
Begin pacing
Third Degree Block
To determine if the patient is symptomatic you may want to use the Check for spike with capture
pneumonic CHAPS.! Capture is usually characterized by a widening of the QRS
complex (looks like a PVC)
C for color = patients that are pale and pasty Dont forget to give your patient analgesia!!!
H for hypotensive = blood pressures less that 90/60
A for altered level of consciousness
P for signs of poor perfusion
S for SOB = dont forget the oxygen
Treatment is determined by the severity: To determine the intervention
you may want to use the pneumonic Bradycardias are to darn easy.
A for Atropine = O.5 mg IV every 3-5 minutes to a maximum dose Precautions
of 3 mg is the first intervention*. TCP is contraindicated in severe hypothermia and/or asytole
Use cautiously in presence of MI. Atropine may worsen Conscious patients require analgesia but do not delay if the
ischemia and increase infarct size. sedation will cause/contribute to deterioration.
Do no rely on Atropine in high degree blocks. but for the test, Do not assess the carotid pulse to confirm mechanical capture ;
always give Atropine first while waiting for TCP electrical stimulation causes muscular jerking that may mimic the
T for Transcutaneous Pacing if there is no response to carotid pulse.
atropine and if the patient has a high degree block Assess Response
D for Dopamine if the blood pressure needs to be supported Asses response to patients clinical response.
2-10 mcg/kg/min and titrate to patient response* Patients with ACS should be paced at the lowest heart rate that
E for Epinephrine = while waiting for TC pacing. allows clinical stability.
2-10 mcg/min and titrate to patient response Start pacing at a rate of 60 and adjust to clinical response
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In addition, you may consider a dose of Adenosine while preparing to
<=(!<%'=6'%*#+%-! cardiovert. But do not delay to cardiovert to administer the drug or to
establish an IV access. (2005 Update)
The tachycardias can be overwhelming to understand fully.
If you have decided to cardiovert lets get ready.
Lets make this as simple and basic as possible. If your patient has a fast
heart rate of greater than 100 bpm that would be a tachycardia. If your Airway airway airway!! Always secure the airway.
patient has a heart rate greater than 150 bpm that would be a significant Oropharyngeal for the unconscious
tachycardia. The higher the heart rate the more likely symptoms are due Nasophayrngeal for the semiconscious
to the tachycardia. The most important intervention is to check your BMV ready with oxygen source.
patient. Determine first if he is seriously stable or unstable. Make sure your suction is ready for use
Better have an IV
Z&-4%:/(!<%'=6'%*#+%!P!)%*#+,$(*4! Automatic blood pressure cuff would be cool
If your patient is unstable with serious signs and symptoms you will Surely your patient is being monitored
cardiovert your patient. Better have the crash cart available
Do you have time for a 12-lead and a chest film?
Serious symptoms of instability
SOB Lets get set
Chest pain Premedicate with a sedative plus analgesic. Versed is cool.
Weakness, fatigue, near-fainting (presyncope), and/or syncope You dont want your patient to wake up and remember you!!
Altered LOC Turn on the defibrillator
Attach monitor leads on the patient white on right
Serious signs of instability smoke (black) over fire (red)
Pulmonary edema Put the defibrillator in the sync mode
Hypotension Look for markers on the R wave indicating sync mode
Poor peripheral perfusion (cool extremities, decreased urine output) Adjust monitor gain if necessary until sync markers occur with
Ischemic EKG change each R wave
The 2 keys to management of patients with unstable tachycardia are: Are the conductor pads in place? Usually cardioversion is not done
with hand held paddles.
Rapid recognition that the patient is significantly symptomatic or
unstable Make sure the lead select switch is in the lead I, II, III
position and not the paddle position.
Rapid recognition that the signs and symptoms are caused by the
tachycardia Select the energy dose for the specific type of rhythm.
If your patient is unconscious with a tachycardia for the ACLS For cardioversion of UNSTABLE atrial fibrillation, the
test you will need to review the patients home medications!!* I recommended initial monophasic energy dose is 100j to 200j with a
dont get this statement. If you do - let me know. monophasic waveform. A dose of 100j to 120j is reasonable with a
biphasic waveform. Escalate the second and subsequent shock
If your patient is seriously unstable Cardiovert: dose as needed.
Do not delay cardioversion if you think the tachycardia is causing the Cardioversion of atrial flutter and SVT generally requires less
unstable signs and symptoms or if the patient is clinically deteriorating. energy. An initial energy dose of 50j to 100j monophasic.

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100j-200j for monophasic and 100j-120j for biphasic waveforms.
(Depending on the acuity of your patient). Atrial flutter and SVTs !!!!!!!!!!!((G$--,H( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!56"'(
generally require less joules at 50j 100j. (2005 Update) Regular Regular
Go 2[<! R,&,@,*3=+'
Charge the defibrillator and announce what you are doing. Adenosine Amiodarone or Adenosine!
Im clear Youre clear - Oxygen clear
Depress the discharge button..
Check the monitor. - Check the patient.
You may have to up the joules and reattempt.
Irregular Irregular
You might want to bolus with an antiarrhythmic drug followed
with an infusion. "GN+: <,*-%#(-
Calcium Channel Blockers Magnesium
24%:/(!<%'=6'%*#+%!G!R(#+'%4(! !

The patients with stable tachycardia are the those with no signs of
serious signs and symptoms as discussed in the patients with unstable
tachycardia. There is 2 rules in treated the stable tachycardia.
The basic ACLS provider is expected to recognize a stable narrow-
Treat the underlying cause complex or wide-complex tachycardia and classify the rhythm as
Treat with medication and not cardioversion like you did in regular or irregular. Regular narrow-complex tachycardias may be
unstable tachycardia. To determine which drug to treat these stable treated initially with vagal maneuvers and adenosine.
tachycardias, the AHA suggests that you begin with classifying the
tachycardia into two categories: SVT that is stable vagal and medicate with Adenosine
Narrow Complex then further classify the rhythm into regular SVT tha is unstable cardiovert
and irregular
Supraventricular Tachycardia is a regular rhythm For your test!! A scenario is presented with a patient with a normal
Atrial fibs and flutters are irregular rhythms (2005 Update) BP, RR, and Sats but has a heart rate of 200/min. You can not
Wide Complex then further classify the rhythm into regular respond appropriately until you know what kind of tachycardia is
and irregular( present.. So you must get a 12-lead ECG. If it were me, I would
Monomorphic VT is a regular rhythm want a rhythm strip.
Torsades de Point and Polymorphic VT are irregular
For your test!! A scenario is presented with abnormal BP, RR, Sats,
Refer to the Tachycardia algorithm to determine which drug to use. The and patient is cool to touch and complaints of chest pain. The rhythm
following is an example of drug determination: is a wide complex tachycardia. This tachycardia is unstable so the
patient must be cardioverted. This patient is seriously unstable and
you should not take the time to medicate*

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"'.4(!),*,&%*6!26&#*,@(-! Treatment of ACS involves the initial use of drug to relieve discomfort,
dissolve clots, and inhibit thrombin and platelets. These drugs are:
A video will be shown in your class. The following information is Oxygen in the first 6 hours of therapy 4 L/NC to keep sats >90%
dramatized in the video. Aspirin 160-325 mg (or 2 baby aspirin) to chew or rectal
suppositories for patients with nausea
The ACLS Provider Course emphasizes the need to acquire a 12 lead
ECG immediately if the patient is stable*. Then recognize ST segment Nitroglycerin sublingually or spray every 3-5 minutes up to three
elevation to initiate early reperfusion therapy. The ACLS Experienced doses if the systolic BP is greater than 90 mm and the patient has
Provider Course includes assessment, triage and treatment for non-ST no recent use of phosphodiesterase (Viagra). Do not give Nitro to
elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and high-risk unstable angina patients with tachycardia or bradycardia. Nitro opens or dialates
the coronary vessels. IV nitroglycerin may also be used to titrate
Sudden cardiac death due to VF and Bradycardic hypotensive rhythms effect.
also occur with ACS. VF is most likely to develop during the first 4 Morphine 2-4 mg and repeat as much as it takes to relieve pain,
hours after onset of symptoms. You must anticipate these occurrences to relax the smooth muscles, and to reduce the oxygen demand on
and be prepared for interventions as learned previously. the heart. Monitor for hypotension.
Fibrinolytic or thrombolytic therapy - referred to as clot busters
Signs and symptoms suggestive of ACS starts with Dispatch and may
if there are no contraindications of fibrinolytic infusion. Examples
include the following:
of fibrinolytics are as follows:
Retrosternal chest discomfort that is described as pressure, fullness, tPA
squeezing that radiates to the shoulders, neck, arms, jaw, or back Reteplase
Lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, or nausea Streptokinase which is not used as much as in the past.
Unexplained shortness of breath. Fibrinolytics are not recommended for patients presenting more
Women have vague signs and symptoms of ACS. She often will than 12 hours after onset of symptoms. Do not give fibrinolytics
complain of epigastric pain and will take antacids for this pain. to patients who present more than 24 hours after the onset of
Dont overlook the women for ACS. Get a 12-lead ECG to rule symptoms.
out an MI*.. Heparin if not contraindicated. The inappropriate dosing can
cause excess intracerebral bleeding and major hemorrhage in
Diagnosis begins with a 12-lead ECG. Note the Q wave with ST- STEMI patients.
segment elevation. PCI (precutaneous coronary intervention) as an alternative to
fibrinolytics. PCIs are time sensitive. See your text for appropriate
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24*,U(! The general assessment and stabilization of the stroke patient is time
sensitive. Therefore, hospitals have organized Stroke Teams to
A video will be shown in your class. The following information is facilitate the assessment and stabilization. The goal of the Stroke Team
dramatized in the video. is assessment within 10 minutes upon arrival to the ED using the
following criteria:
Stroke is a general term. It is the third leading cause of death. It refers Assess ABCs and baseline vital signs
to acute neurologic impairment that follows interruption in blood supply Provide oxygen
to the brain. There are two types of strokes: Determine onset time is of essence.
Ischemic Strokes occur with the occlusion of an artery to a region Establish IV and draw electrolytes, CBC, coagulation studies, and
of the brain. blood glucose with bedside glucose.
Hemorrhagic Strokes occurs with the irruption of an artery to a Preform neurologic assessment
region of the brain therefore, anticoagulants need to be avoided. To be completed within 25 minutes of patients arrival
Order noncontrast CT scan of the head* and 12-lead ECG and read
The goal of stoke care is to minimize brain injury and maximize the
by a qualified physician. If your hospital does not have a CT
patients recovery. This can be accomplished with the following
scanner, the patient should be averted to a nearby hospital with CT
guidelines: Referred to as the 7 Ds
Rapid detection To be completed within 25 minutes of arrival and read within 45
Rapid EMS dispatch and delivery minutes from performance
Rapid diagnosis with a noncontrast CT scan The presence of hemorrhage versus no hemorrhage determines the next
Rapid data collection for drug administration. steps in treatmemt:
Rapid discussion with the family and patient regarding treatment. If the CT is positive there is hemorrhage present and the patient is
not a candidate for fibrinolytic therapy. Consult a neurologist or
The warning sings and symptoms of a stroke may be subtle. They neurosurgeon. This indicates an Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage.
include the following which is referred to as the Cincinnati Prehospital If the CT is negative (normal) there is no hemorrhage present and
Stroke Scale (CPSS).* the patient is a candidate for fibrinolytic therapy. The physician
Facial droop have the patient smile and show teeth then discusses the risks and benefits of treatment with the patient
Arm drift have the patient close eyes and hold both arms out and family and may proceed with tPA. A good-to-excellent
Trouble speaking have the patient say You cant teach an old outcome is tPA (fibrinolytic therapy) for the patient with ischemic
dog new tricks. stroke within 3 hours of onset.
The presence of 1 finding indicates a 72% probability of stroke. The The contraindications to tPA are as follows:
presence of 3 findings indicates 85% probability of stroke. Positive CT scan
Presentation suggestive of subarachnoid hemorrhage even with a
The Los Angeles Prehospital Stroke Screen (LAPSS) is a more detailed normal CT scan
screen which builds on the physical findings of the CPPS, adding criteria
for age, lack of history of seizures, symptoms duration, blood glucose
Abnormal blood vessels in the brain
levels, and lack of preexisting ambulation problems. A person with History of intracranial hemorrhage
positive findings in all 6 criteria has a 97% probability of a stroke. Uncontrolled hypertension. Blood pressures should be less that
185/110 before treatment begins Labetalol may be used to bring
The patient with acute stroke is at risk for respiratory compromise from the BP under control if given within the 3 hour window.
aspiration, upper airway obstruction and hypoventilation. Witnessed seizure at stroke onset
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Abnormal coagulation studies 8(4.*&!4,!23,&4%&(,.-!)+*'./%4+,&!
The indications for tPA are as follows:
If the age is greater than 18 years ROSC is deemed to have occurred when chest compressions are
If the clinical diagnosis of stroke is measurable with neurologic not required for 20 consecutive minutes and signs of circulation
deficit persist. !
If the onset of signs and symptoms is within 3 hours before If ROSC occurs for the hypotensive patient after cardiac arrest,
treatment can begin. A patient that presents is less than 3 hours bolus the patient with 1-2 L or NS or RL*
without contraindications is a Maintain a systolic BP at 90 mm/Hg* which may be accomplished
candidate for IV fibrinolytic therapy. with Dopamine.
General Stroke Care includes the following: Continue to optimize ventilation and oxygenation*
Support ABC !
Monitor blood glucose R(7%!),#(!
Monitor for complications of fibrinolytic therapy !
Monitor for hypertension. Your ACLS mega code will follow the guidelines on page 151-155
which includes the following
The risk of fibrinolytic therapy: Respiratory Management with a pulse
Cerebral hemorrhage Respiratory Management without a pulse and use of the AED
Bradycardia VF Asystole
<=(*%3(.4+'!X63,4=(*@+%! Unstable Tachycardia VF PEA ROSC
Mild hypothermia (cooling of the brain to about 89-93 F or 32-34 C has Stable Tachycardia VF PEA ROSC
shown to improve survival from cardiac arrest and comatose patients.
Patients that are responding to verbal stimuli after cardiac arrest are not
candidates for therapeutic hypothermia* If the patient has a response to
verbal stimuli, he, therefore, has an intact brain which includes the
hypothalamus (the thermostat of the brain). If you put a patient on
external cooling the hypothalamus competes with the external cooling
system. The more the cooling system tries to cool the body, the more
the hypothalamus tries to heat the body.
Cooling can be achieved using external cooling (ice packs, cooling
blankets) or internal cooling (peripheral administration of ice cold
IV fluids).
Begin cooling within 4 hours of ROSC
Maintain cooling temperature for 12-24 hours then rewarm slowly.
Avoid shivering which generates heat and increase oxygen
Monitor temperature from sites such as the bladder rather then
rectal temperatures which lags behind core temperature.
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NEW AHA UPDATE: CAPNOGRAPHY Hyperventilation: caused by anxiety, bronchospasm, pulmonary
The most reliable way to confirm proper tube placement is embolus, cardiac arrest, decreased cardiac output, hypotension,
waveform capnography. Waveform capnography is the cold, severe pulmonary edema.
measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) in each exhaled breath.
PETCO2 measures the level of CO2. Hypoventilation: caused by overdose, sedation, intoxication, head
Waveform capnography is trauma, stroke, increased cardiac output with increased breathing,
Simple fever, sepsis, pain, severe difficulty breathing, chronic hypercapnia
Insert the sampling tube at the end of the ET tube. Watch Pay more attention to the PETCO2 trend, than the actual
the waveform and PETCO2 values number. Patients with a steadily rising PETCO2 can soon
Direct require assisted ventilations or intubation.
Capnography provides an immediate picture or patients Capnography is the most reliable way to confirm proper tube
apnea. Pulse oximetry is delayed several minutes. placement.
Non-invasive If PETCO2 = 0, the tube is in the esophagus
Reduces the need for arterial blood sampling. *Another possible reason is that the blood is blocked
CAUTION: You still need to assess for bilateral breath entirely from the lungs by a massive pulmonary embolism.
sounds. Capnography cannot detect right main-stem intubation. ET TUBE OUT ET TUBE IN

You use a capnograph to sample the exhaled CO2. The capnograph

is a device which has a sampling tube, and CO2 sensor. Capnography is an indirect measure of metabolism.
Normal PETCO2 levels are 35 - 45 mm Hg
Increased metabolism will increase the
production of carbon dioxide, increasing the
Capnography is a great way to A decrease in cardiac output will lower the
Confirm proper ET tube placement delivery of carbon dioxide to the lungs decreasing
Monitor quality and effectiveness of CPR the PETCO2.
Detect return or loss of ROSC Capnography measures the effectiveness of
Capnography is an early warning system of impending Monitoring PETC02 measures cardiac output, thus
respiratory crisis. monitoring PETCO2 is a good way to measure the
When a person hyperventilates, their CO2 goes effectiveness of CPR.
down PETCO2 < 35 mmHG PETCO2 > 10 mm Hg indicates effective CPR.
Note: Patients with extended down times may have
When a person hypoventilates, their CO2 goes up PETCO2 readings so low that quality of
PETCO2 > 45 mmHg compressions will show little difference in the
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Capnography detects the return of ROSC. '
Post-cardiac arrest PETC02 with ROSC is 35 - 40 mm Hg '
During cardiac arrest, if you see PETCO2 shoot up, stop /*#,#0,'12#0,-)$0'
CPR and check for the pulse. 1. The initial intervention for all bradycardia is__________
There is an average sudden PETCO2 increase by (Atropine 0.5 mg)
13.5mmHg with sudden ROSC before settling into a
normal range. 2. A patient has sinus bradycardia with a rate of 36 per minute.
Atropine has been administered to a total dose of 3 mg. A
Capnography detects the loss of ROSC. transcutaneous pacemaker has failed to capture. The patient is
If PETCO2 significantly drops, check for the pulse. If no dizzy with SOB. Which drug would administer with what dose?
pulse, start CPR. _______________( Dopamine 2-10 mcg/kg/min)

3. A 52 year old female presents to the ED with persistent

CAUTION: Hyperventilation in trauma victims decreases epigastric pain. Her vitals are stable along with the O2 sat. What
intracranial pressure (IPP) by decreasing the intracranial blood is you first interevention?_______________________________
flow. The result is cerebral ischemia. (Obtain a 12-lead ECG))
' 4. High quality CPR includes 4 components. They are__________
' (push hard),_____________(push fast)___________,(allow the
' chest to recoil) and _____________(minimize interruptions)
' 5. The best chance of successful defibrillation is_____________
' _________________________________________________
' (perform high quality chest compressions prior to defibrillation)
' 6. What action would help to minimize interruptions during a code
' call that requires defibrillation? ______________________
' (Continuing Chest Compressions while the defibrillator is
' charging).
7. A defibrillator may be equipped with hands free pads are
better than paddles. Why are hands free pads
They can provide a more rapid defibrillation)
' 8. Many hospitals have Rapid Response Teams. What is their main
' purpose?____________________________________( Prevents
' deterioration to overt a code call)
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9. Your patient with a code call received 2 doses of Epinephrine at 19. After placing an advanced airway you should secure with a
1 mg each which did not convert the patients VF. What commercial device and not ties around the neck because it
antirhythmic might work for this refractory can_____________________________(obstruct venous return. )
VF?____________________________(Amioderone at 300 mg)
20. If the patient has an advanced airway the rate of ventilations
10. Any organized rhythms without a pulse is referred to as _____ should be every________________________(8-10 breaths/min)
and you must continue CPR. The drug of choice for an which is one breath every 6-8 seconds.
organized rhythm without a pulse is ______________
_________________________PEA, Epinephrine at 1 mg) 21. If you need to suction the ET tube you should take no longer
than_________________________(ten seconds)
11. The preferred method of administering Epinephrine in a cardiac 22. There are 4 ways to confirm ET tube placement. They are
arrest is__________________________________(peripheral) mist in the tube upon insertion, no gurgling in the stomach with
bag/mask ventilation, bilateral breaths sounds with bag/mask
12. High quality CPR includes push hard, push fast, allow the chest ventilation and _______________________________________
to recoil and _________________________(prolonged (continuous waveform capnography)
interruptions) which is a common fatal mistake in cardiac arrest
management. 23. The best way to monitor CPR of an intubated patient is
__________________________(Waveform Capnography)
13. If you are unsure the patient has a pulse or has a faint pulse you
must initiate__________________________immediately. 24. PETCO2 refers to the amount of CO2 exhaled. The optimal
( chest compressions) limits are _________________________with ROSC. The
PETCO2 level of ineffective CPR on the waveform
14. The BLS Survey includes check for unresponsiveness, activate is____________________. (35-40 mm Hg) (< 8 mm Hg). The
the EMS and get the AED, check for circulation, and PETCO2 level that indicated effective CPR is ____________
_____________________________(early defibrillation) (> 10 mm Hg).
15. If chest compressions need to be interrupted you should allow 25. A patient with a sudden onset of palpitation or dizziness may be
only_____________________(ten seconds) for the interruptions. experiencing a SVT and the first intervention is to determine if
the patient is stable or unstable. If the patient is stable, you may
16. When doing chest compression with ventilations during a cardiac ________________________(ask the patient to vagal down)
arrest you should switch providers ever____________________
______________________________(2 minutes which is every 5 26. If the vagal maneuver fails to convert the SVT to a sinus rhythm
cycles). the first drug intervention would you would use is
________________________________(adenosine at 6 mg)
17. If the patient has a pulse and is not breathing, you should deliver
one breaths every____________________(5 to 6 seconds) 27. If the first dose of adenosine does not work the second dose
should be ________________________(adenosine at 12 mg)
18. Once an advanced airway is in place chest compressions should
continue without _________________pauses (without).

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28. An EMS crew can terminate resuscitation if _____________
(rigor mortis) sets in.

29. Three signs of an acute stroke are facial drop, arm drift, and
slurred speech. This is referred to as the________________
(Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale assessment)

30. With a positive prehospital stroke scale you would obtain a set of
vitals including blood glucose and order a ________________
___________________(noncontrast CT scan of the head)

31. If a patient is hypotensive who has achieved ROSC you should

bolus with ___________________(1-2 L) NS or LR

32. The minimum systolic blood pressure you should accept for a
hypotensive post cardiac arrest that has achieved ROSC is
________________(90 mg Hg)

33. Your priority in the care a patient with ROSC is optimizing

_________________and_______________(oxygenation and

34. A patient suddenly collapsed and is poorly responsive. The

monitor reveals a third-degree block. There is an IV access and
supplemental oxygen is being administered with a nonrebreather.
What would you first do?_____________(Give atropine 0.5 mg
and begin pacing as soon as the pacemaker is ready).

35. A patient becomes unresponsive and you are uncertain if a faint

pulse is present. What would you
do?___________________(Begin CPR with high-quality chest
compressions) The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency
in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this
36. A patient with a wide-complex tachycardia that is unstable you purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent
must_________________(cardiovert) You may not have time to course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for
such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do
medicate this patient if he is severely unstable.
not represent income to the Association.-ll

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