Pulseless Arrest (Cardiac Arrest) Algorithm
The Pulseless Arrest Algorithm which is now known as the Cardiac Arrest Algorithm takes its place as the most important algorithm in the ACLS Protocol. There are 4 rhythms that are seen with pulseless cardiac arrest. These four rhythms are pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF), asystole, and pulseless electrical activity (PEA). Visit the links above for detailed information about each of the rhythms and their treatment in the ACLS protocol.
The majority of patients that experience sudden cardiac arrest will be treated with the Cardiac Arrest Algorithm. Therefore, mastery of this algorithm is very important. There are 2 branches to the Cardiac Arrest Algorithm, the left and right branch. The left branch is used for the treatment of pulseless ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and the right branch is used for the treatment of PEA and Asystole. Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the Cardiac Arrest Video Review.
Also, In 2010 the AHA released new ACLS guidelines that simplified the pulseless arrest algorithm. Use this link to watch a short video that reviews the 2010 Simplified Pulseless Arrest Algorithm.