The absence of effective mechanical cardiac activity leading to tissue hypoperfusion and cell death
This section is not a substitute for an American Heart Association (AHA)-approved a...
Absence of pulses in large arteries
Apnea or agonal breathing
Loss of consciousness
Witnessed versus unwitnessed
Initial resuscitation efforts and response
History or r...
C-A-B (circulation, airway, breathing). Use compressions and then check airway and breathing.
Prompt initiation of high-quality CPR, particularly chest compressions (in adults, 120 beats/min,...
Admit to intensive care unit on continuous monitoring.
Consider electroencephalogram (EEG) to assess for nonconvulsive status epilepticus.
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I46.9 Cardiac arrest, cause unspecified
I46.2 Cardiac arrest due to underlying cardiac condition
I46.8 Cardiac arrest due to other underlying condition
C-A-B replaces ABCs for the priority of approach to a patient with a suspected cardiac arrest.
Prompt initiation of CPR, particularly chest compressions (push hard, push fast, and don’t...
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