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When the heart stops beating due to insufficient electrical activity, this condition is known as pulseless electrical activity (PEA). A person in cardiac arrest does not have a pulse and has entered a life-threatening medical emergency. In contrast to other heart arrhythmias, PEA cannot be treated with a defibrillator since it is considered a “nonshockable” rhythm.


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Pulseless Electrical Activity Causes

  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Acidosis
  • Tension pneumothorax
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Hypokalemia/ Hyperkalemia/ Hypoxia
  • Hypothermia/ Hypovolemia
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Electrolyte derangements
  • Drugs

Mnemonic: “PATCH MED

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