Hello and thank you for your time everyone. Module 2 point 2 reinforces the concept that high quality CPR is the primary focus for care of an opioid overdose VSA patient. However, It also highlights that naloxone may be administered as long as AHA guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation are adequately being met. Given this point; is it o.k. for paramedics to administer naloxone for these type of VSA patients? The directive book and phone application Medical Cardiac Arrest directive continues to state, "There is no clear role for routine administration of naloxone in confirmed cardiac arrest". I found it a little unclear whether this segment was reinforcing the concept to not administering naloxone for a VSA patient, or providing guidance that it is acceptable as long as other aspects of care are effectively delivered.
We are providing guidance that it is acceptable as long as other aspects of care are effectively delivered prior to taking the time to administer naloxone. Administration of naloxone should not be the priority in cardiac arrest management nor should you receive any auditing feedback if it is not administered in these cases.