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Category: Medical Cardiac Arrest

Stoping to analyse

Question #: 357

Question:



In the event of a medical arrest (pcp semi automatic - no manual mode) , if it is decided that it fits a special circumstance and transport is initiated after the first analysis, is it expected that a pcp would pull over and complete the remaining 3 analysis en route, or continue direct to closest hospital and discontinuing the remaining analysis. And is the answer different if the patient is in a shockable or non shockable rhythm.

Answer:


[If you initiate early transport after the 1st analysis, it is because you believe that the patient would benefit from immediate care that can only be provided in the hospital. Unless that changes, continue transport without stopping.

Once transport is initiated for any cardiac arrest patient it should not be stopped.

The exception would be if ROSC is obtained and then the patient re-arrests, a stop for one analysis may be appropriate.]

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