Date Published

September 4, 2012

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ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Question: In regards to a traumatic VSA. The patient goes VSA during transport to the closest ER. The paramedic believes the arrest is of trauma origin. Do we pull over and perform one analysis and then resume transport? Or do we just do CPR until we arrive at the ER?


 Great question! Assuming this is a first arrest, the correct sequence would be to pull over, confirm the patient is VSA, begin CPR, and follow the Trauma Cardiac Arrest Medical Directive which includes one rhythm analysis



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