Emergency Life Support

AEDs – Special Circumstances

AEDs were originally developed to speed defibrillation in cases of out of-hospital cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT) by enabling more rescuers, including laypeople, to defibrillate3. The process behind successfully using an AED in an emergency is well-known to healthcare providers and laypersons who have taken even the most…

Becoming Familiar with Synchronized Cardioversion

Between 370,000 and 750,000 American patients suffer in-hospital cardiac arrest with attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation each year9. In this population, the only rhythm-specific therapy proven to increase survival to hospital discharge is timely defibrillation2. Timely defibrillation is the only rhythm-specific therapy proven to increase survival to hospital discharge following cardiac arrest secondary to ventricular tachyarrhythmia9. For…

THROMBINS2 is the New MONA

Cardiovascular disease and its sequalae remain one of the largest health care problems in the United States. Each year there are approximately 620,000 new cases of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and 295,000 recurrent ACS events7. ACS can be subdivided into three different categories: unstable angina (UA), non ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), and ST-elevation myocardial infarction…