Contributor: Don Stader, MD
- High-quality compressions are an essential, and probably one of the most important, part of cardiac arrest
- Actual evidence for drugs in cardiac arrest included in ACLS are limited, including epinephrine, bicarbonate, amiodarone, etc.
- Early defibrillation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) has a plethora of supporting evidence
- Double-sequential defibrillation (nearly simultaneous defibrillation using 2 machines) may be considered for refractory dysrhythmias like VF
- tPA during a cardiac arrest can be considered in the setting of massive PE (although the evidence supporting this practice is poor)
- Ending a cardiac arrest resuscitation is a difficult decision and use of ultrasound may be helpful to assess for meaningful cardiac function/activity
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Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD