An end-stage rhythm, sometimes degrading from:
Prolonged ventricular fibrillation (VF)
Prolonged pulseless elect...
Agonal or absence of spontaneous respirations
Confirm asystole in 2 limb leads to exclude VF.
Confirm lead and cable connections.
No intervention should be made for a patient with a valid Do Not Resuscitate document.
No intervention if patient can be verified as dead:
Emphasis on high-quality, minimally uninterrupted chest compressions while considering reversible causes of asystole
Resuscitation is likely to be successful only if reversible caus...
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Bernard SA, Gr...
I46.2 Cardiac arrest due to underlying cardiac condition
I46.8 Cardiac arrest due to other underlying condition
I46.9 Cardiac arrest, cause unspecified
I46 Cardiac arr...
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