Date Published

January 12, 2015

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Question: In regards to the base hospital recertification for 2014-2015, in the video for medical cardiac arrest the paramedic received a ROSC and was re-evaluating vitals q1 minutes, however, in the quiz it was noted that you are to re-evaluated vitals q3-5 minutes. Can you please clarify?


 Thank you for both the question, and for identifying this discrepancy! As stated in the BLS Standards, on page 2-19, if CPR and/or SAED results in return of a pulse, obtain vital signs (including pupils); repeat at 3-5 minute intervals. The video is therefore incorrect, however the quiz is correct. In a patient care scenario however, you would not be wrong to assess the patient's vital signs more frequently than this provided you had the time and resources to do so.



Basic Life Support (BLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC)

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