Post Resuscitation

 

History:

 

  • Respiratory arrest
  • Cardiac arrest

 

Significant Findings:

 

  • Return of pulse

 

Differential:

 

  • Continue to address specific differentials associated with the original dysrhythmia

 

Treatment:

 

 

 

  • Continue ventilatory support
  • 100% Oxygen
  • EtCO2 ideally >20
  • RR <12

 

 

 

  • 12-Lead EKG

 

 

 

  • Place 2nd IV/IO

 

Termination of ventricular rhythms?

 

  • Yes

 

 

 

 

 

  • No

 

Hypotension?

 

  • Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • if still hypotensive after fluid bolus, consider Dopamine (Intropin) 5-20 mcg/kg/min IV/IO titrating to effect

 

STEMI?

 

  • Yes

 

 

 

 

Bradycardia?

 

  • Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Notify receiving facility or contact Medical Control

 

PEARLS:

 

  • Rule out pulmonary edema before administration of Normal Saline bolus to a hypotensive patient.

 

 

 

  • If patient remains hypotensive after initial 500 mL Normal Saline, administer an additional 500 mL; total 1,000 mL.

 

 

 

 

 

  • For transcutaneous pacing set rate for 70 beats per minute.
  • Increase current (mA) until electrical and mechanical capture occur or pacing current reaches (200 mA).
  • Amiodarone (Cordarone) is not a primary post-arrest medication unless significant ectopy is present.

 

Amiodarone Infusion

 

150 mg infusion over 10 minutes:

  • Add 150 mg Amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • 50 mL bag Normal Saline
  • administer through a 10 gtt set at 50 drops per minute.

 

1 mg/min infusion:

  • Add 150 mg Amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • 50 mL bag Normal Saline
  • administer through a 60 gtt set at 20 drops per minute.

 

  • Transport to a PCI capable hospital.
  • Do not hyperventilate

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