Category: Medical Cardiac Arrest

Standard to Confirm Asystole Rhythm

Question:

What is the standard practice for ACP to confirm Asystole?

Answer:

The standard practice for an ACP to confirm asystole is to use multiple leads to check for lack of electrical activity. According to the Medical Cardiac Arrest Medical Directive the patient must meet the conditions (arrest not witnessed by EMS AND no ROSC AND no shocks delivered). There is also a mandatory patch point to a BHP for a TOR. If the BHP decides that a TOR is reasonable, then follow that protocol, and if not, transport the patient and continue resuscitation as directed.

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