Pulseless Arrest Algorithm
The Pulseless Arrest Algorithm takes its place as the most important algorithm in the ACLS Protocol. There are 4 rhythms that produce pulseless 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 this algorithm. Therefore, it is very important to master the pulseless arrest algorithm. 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 revised algorithm.