Date Published

January 19, 2022

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Follow-up question that was asked on 29-Jan-2021 about pulse checks after no shock is indicated. Base hospital answered that pulse checks should occur concurrently with each rhythm analysis. Is this true for those of us that are using S-AEDs rather than manual rhythm analysis? The reason I ask is because First Aid & CPR courses suggest that touching a patient during an AED analysis will introduce artifact that could affect the accuracy of the analysis.


As per manufacturers direction, providers should not be in contact with the patient during SAED analysis. As such SWORBHP Medical Council recommends a pulse check after rhythm analysis when utilizing SAED mode. Please be cognizant of the need to minimize pulse check duration (<10 seconds) in order to optimize time-on-the-chest, especially in situations where there has been no change in the rhythm or signs of life present.



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