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With asystole, you search with other members of the emergency care team for a treatable cause while performing high quality CPR with minimal interruptions. The team discusses when to terminate resuscitation efforts and focus on supporting the patient's family.
You are alone and must manage the patient by yourself. You have an automated external defibrillator AED with a pocket face mask. The second AED case focuses on the assessment and management of a patient in a witnessed cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation VF or pulseless ventricular tachycardia VT. The patient did not respond to the first shock. A manual defibrillator is used in this case, and you work with a care team. One of your tasks is to figure out if the patient's signs and symptoms are caused by the slow heart rate or have an unrelated cause.
Another task is to correctly diagnose the presence and type of atrioventricular AV block and implement the correct management strategies for AV blocks. You also need to know the techniques and cautions for using transcutaneous pacing.
Your tasks are to classify the tachycardia as narrow or wide, regular or irregular, and to implement the appropriate interventions from the ACLS Tachycardia Algorithm, including vagal maneuvers and adenosine. Monitor the patient's rhythm and request a cardiac consultation if the patient's rhythm does not convert.
If the patient becomes unstable, follow the algorithm for unstable tachycardia. For unstable tachycardia, you evaluate the patient for cardioversion and perform the procedure. Drugs are not used to manage unstable tachycardia. This practice should be stopped, because reacting to rhythm changes during CPR will only increase the number of interruptions to CPR.
The team should only perform a rhythm check every 1—2 minutes, with good-quality CPR maintained throughout. Successful conversion with ROSC should be followed by an infusion of either amiodarone or lignocaine in the recommended doses.
If no pulse can be reliably felt, then the rhythm is a form of pulseless electrical activity PEA. CPR should be restarted immediately for 1—2 minutes before the next analysis.
If the ECG rhythm remains a flat line despite these checks, the patient is in asystole. Commence CPR immediately for 1—2 minutes before the next analysis.
Oxygen therapy in cardiac arrest The basic objective of ventilation in ACLS is to ensure oxygenation of tissues. Although there have been no studies directly comparing fractions of inspired oxygen delivered during resuscitation with survival, indirect studies have found that patients with higher PaO2 levels during resuscitation were more likely to achieve ROSC. After ROSC, hyperoxaemia should be avoided during post-cardiac arrest care.
Several studies have found poorer neurological and survival outcomes with hyperoxaemia following ROSC. Airway control and management An open airway is crucial for the delivery of oxygen to the lungs and tissues.
Access to the airway should be ensured within a few minutes of the start of resuscitation. All healthcare workers should be familiar with the skills of basic airway techniques. Basic airway opening techniques and principles include the following: The head-tilt, chin-lift manoeuvre remains the basic initial airway opening method. The classical or modified jaw thrusts are alternative methods, particularly in suspected cervical spine injury e.
Once opened, the airway needs to be cleared of secretions or foreign material. A blunt-tipped stiff suction catheter is recommended over flexible suction catheters.
Placement of advanced airways The aim of advanced airway management in ACLS is to ensure a secure passage for oxygen delivery and ventilation. The placement of endotracheal tubes ETTs or supraglottic airways is discussed below. Endotracheal tube Endotracheal intubation remains a core skill in advanced airway management. The benefits of ETT placement include allowing a definitive patent airway, suction of secretions, reliable oxygen delivery and protection from aspiration of gastric contents.
It is indicated when BMV is ineffective or if the patient is in coma or cardiac arrest absence of gag reflex. Cricoid pressure Cricoid pressure may offer some protection from aspiration and gastric insufflation.
However, it may also impede ventilation and interfere with intubation. The routine use of cricoid pressure prior to intubation — a practice prior to the guidelines revision — is no longer recommended.
The expected standards for confirming correct placement clinically include: bilateral chest expansion; misting and demisting of ETT during BMV; and five-point auscultation, beginning from the epigastrium.
In addition to clinical assessment, continuous waveform capnography is recommended as a reliable method of confirming and monitoring correct placement of an ETT.
If continuous waveform capnometry is not available, nonwaveform carbon dioxide detectors, oesophageal detector devices or ultrasonography used by an experienced operator are reasonable alternatives. Institutions must determine the frequency of such training and maintenance of competence standards for physicians who are expected to perform advanced airway placements.
Vital signs monitoring during intubation for cardiac arrest situations is of limited value, as peripheral circulation is impaired and SpO2 measurement is ineffective or inaccurate.
Following achievement of ROSC and adequate blood pressures, and in non-cardiac arrest situations such as elective or rapid sequence intubation, SpO2 monitoring is paramount. Supraglottic airways Supraglottic airways SGAs such as laryngeal mask airways, oesophageal tracheal airways e. Combitube or laryngeal tubes e. King LT are alternative advanced airway devices that may be used by prehospital care providers or by physicians if direct airway control is desired for short periods.
Their main advantage is that direct visualisation of the glottis is not required, and training and skills maintenance are easier. If already inserted by emergency medical services for OHCA, or if cardiac arrest occurs while the patient has an SGA in situ such as during anaesthesia, the SGA may continue to be used for resuscitation, until equipment and expertise for endotracheal intubation are available.
Current evidence on the use of advanced airway devices including both ETTs and SGAs in the management of cardiac arrests has not proven that they improve outcomes over BMV.
However, the majority of those studies were performed in out-of-hospital environments, predominantly by emergency prehospital personnel, and the evidence for advanced airways by trained and experienced physicians in hospitals is lacking. Airway interventions, when attempted, should not delay or interrupt chest compressions or attempts at defibrillation.
If unsuccessful, BMV with basic airway management should be continued as a means of providing oxygenation for the patient. The special features concerning the use of pharmacological agents during cardiac arrest management are elaborated below. Routes of drug delivery Peripheral large-calibre veins, especially the antecubital and external jugular veins, are the commonest routes to be used.
Intraosseous cannulation can allow drug delivery to non-collapsible venous plexuses in the bone marrow. This may be rapidly inserted as an alternative route of access if intravenous IV access is not easily available.
Rates of drug delivery are expected to be similar as for the IV route. Central venous lines, either through the subclavian or internal jugular veins, shorten medication access to the central circulation. Central lines, however, cannot be used for rapid infusion of fluids. The insertion of a central line is also likely to result in interruptions to chest compressions. Be aware of complications of central line insertion such as pneumothorax, and bleeding into the pleural space.
ETT administration of drugs is no longer recommended because drug levels achieved are suboptimal and doses required to achieve blood levels that are similar to the IV route may be about 3—10 times as much. Drugs will take 30—60 seconds of good-quality CPR to reach the central circulation and peripheral vasculature to exert their effects. Each drug dose should be flushed with a mL bolus of normal saline. The administration of drugs should not interrupt CPR or delay the delivery of shocks, bearing in mind that the effect of the drug may not yet be evident until after the next cycle of CPR, owing to the time it takes to reach the central circulation.
It should be administered in a 1. VF or pulseless VT that persists or recurs after one or more shocks.
This may be repeated at a dose of mg, if necessary. Sodium bicarbonate NaHCO3 may be given for specific indications such as hyperkalaemia and tricyclic antidepressant overdose. It is usually given quickly as 1—1. It is no longer recommended for routine administration in resuscitation from prolonged cardiac arrest.
The five Hs and five Ts are applicable to all cardiac arrest patients regardless of presenting rhythm and should be actively sought.
Once reversible factors are identified, immediate action is required to correct these so as to provide the best conditions for a successful resuscitation. The specific clinical situation may identify the cause of cardiac arrest and offer prompt treatment, e. Box 1 The reversible causes of cardiac arrest: Ultrasonography may be used as an adjunct by trained physicians to detect reversible causes of cardiac arrest, as long as interruption to chest compressions is minimised or avoided.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support: 2016 Singapore Guidelines
The evidence for the use of ultrasonography in cardiac arrest is currently limited. In practice, the progression of cardiac arrest does not follow a linear sequence according to any fixed rhythm, rendering separate algorithms unrealistic.
The universal algorithm adopts a cyclical model of analysis and management, with interventions employed when indicated. The patient enters the cycle with the primary ABCDs of basic airway opening, checking of breathing and CPR with defibrillation, then continues with the 1—2-minute rhythm check cycles, and exits the cycle upon ROSC.
The ACLS interventions are performed concurrently by team members during the 1—2-minute cycles between rhythm checks. Reversible causes should be considered, looked for and treated during the resuscitation. A system of integrated post-cardiac arrest care 35 is important to ensure survival and good neurological outcomes. This would include: a identification and treatment of the cause of cardiac arrest e.
These measures are described in further detail in the paper on post-ROSC management. ORGAN DONATION Evidence 36 - 39 suggests that functional outcomes of organs from patients deemed to be brain dead as a result of cardiac arrest are not significantly different from those of donors who are brain dead due to causes other than cardiac arrest. Many factors, including medical, social, cultural, legal and ethical issues, need to be considered when embarking on a programme of using viable organs from patients who are brain dead as a result of cardiac arrest.
This is an area that needs careful assessment. It can potentially address community needs for scarce organs. These dysrhythmias have the potential for deterioration, leading to impaired cardiac output, shock and cardiac arrest, and should thus be managed promptly. However, it must be remembered that other forms of shock, including hypovolaemic, haemorrhagic, distributive, obstructive and cardiogenic shock, may be present in the patient.
Dysrhythmias constitute only one mechanism of cardiogenic shock.
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Rhythm control is part of the holistic management of the patient, which should include considerations of other mechanisms of shock and underlying conditions. The general approach to dysrhythmia management has been standardised across the various algorithms.
The management of each dysrhythmia is based on clinical stability. In general, hypotension, altered mental status, chest pain, breathlessness, signs of shock and heart failure are considered serious signs and symptoms that may be attributable to impaired cardiac output caused by the rhythm, thus suggesting haemodynamic instability. Patients should be managed with vital sign and ECG monitoring in clinical areas equipped for resuscitation.
Supplemental oxygen should be given as necessary. A lead ECG should be obtained as far as possible.
Algorithms for Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2019
If time does not allow, the ECG monitor may be utilised for rhythm assessment. A small subset are due to supraventricular tachycardia SVT with aberrant conduction. Clinical i. Stable patients If the patient is haemodynamically stable with no serious signs and symptoms, obtaining a lead ECG first may provide additional useful information regarding the aetiology of the WCT. Patients with monomorphic VT may be managed with IV amiodarone mg diluted in mL of D5W, given slowly over 10—15 minutes and repeated once if the first dose is unsuccessful.
Alternatively, IV lignocaine at a dose of 1—1. It is reasonable to perform elective synchronised cardioversion if drug therapy fails. Transferring the patient to a monitored setting for this is preferred if the patient remains stable and time allows.
Polymorphic VT is a shockable rhythm and patients presenting with it are often haemodynamically unstable.
Synchronised cardioversion may not be successful, as the computer in the defibrillator may be unable to find the R-wave to synchronise the shock to. Defibrillation may be necessary. If the cause of the polymorphic VT is a prolonged QT interval torsades de pointes , intravenous magnesium sulphate 1—2 g over 15 minutes should be administered.
Patients presenting with SVT usually have a sudden onset of symptoms. Diagnosis is usually made after a lead ECG is performed. Unstable patients Patients with regular NCTs who have serious signs and symptoms of instability should be treated with urgent synchronised cardioversion.
The procedures for synchronised cardioversion are as follows: a explain the procedure to the patient; b give analgesia and sedation carefully in titrated doses beware that drugs used in procedural sedation may have negative effects on haemodynamics ; c energy levels should begin at 50 J; evidence for different energy levels for monophasic or biphasic defibrillators is lacking; d ensure safety and clear as for defibrillation; and e if the shock is unsuccessful, the energy level may be escalated and repeated.The universal algorithm adopts a cyclical model of analysis and management, with interventions employed when indicated.
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You initiate treatment based on your assessment.