Author: Aaron Lessen, MD
- Shockable rhythms like V-fib or V-tach have a better prognosis than patients with PEA or asystole.
- Recent study has shown an initial electrical frequency in PEA between 10-24/min had worse outcomes than PEA with initial rhythm over 60/min.
- Patients with an initial electrical frequency in PEA over 60/min did just as well as patients with shockable rhythms. Of them, there was a 22% survival rate with 15% having a good neurologic outcome.
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