The Cardiac Arrest Algorithm takes its place as the most important algorithm in the ACLS Protocol. There are 4 rhythms are seen with pulseless cardiac arrest. They each will be reviewed throughout this section of the course guide. These four rhythms are pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF), asystole, and pulseless electrical activity (PEA).
Click below to view the cardiac arrest algorithm diagram. When done click again to close the diagram. Cardiac Arrest Algorithm Diagram
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 of the Cardiac Arrest Algorithm, the left, and right branch.
Within ACLS Protocol, there is also a Simplified Cardiac Arrest Algorithm that simplifies and streamlines uncomplicated cardiac arrest. Use this link to watch a short video that reviews the 2015 Simplified Cardiac Arrest Algorithm.