By David C. Sprigings, John B. Chambers

ISBN-10: 0470691204

ISBN-13: 9780470691205

ISBN-10: 140512962X

ISBN-13: 9781405129626

This very popular identify has develop into the definitive pocket advisor to the administration of scientific emergencies for front-line health facility medical professionals. It presents specific tips at the analysis and therapy of all universal stipulations and contains a step by step consultant to the 9 most vital sensible tactics in acute medication.

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2) Yes No action needed No ECG identical with previously confirmed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) with bundle branch block? 1) Yes Treat as SVT (p. 33) No Could this be pre-excited atrial flutter Yes or antidromic tachycardia? 1, Fig. 2) or antitachycardia pacing Refer to cardiologist 21 22 COMMON PR ESENTATIONS T AB L E 4 . 1 Broad complex regular tachycardia: differential diagnosis Broad complex regular tachycardia and management Arrhythmia Comment Management Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (Fig.

2) • Second degree AV block, Mobitz type 2 (Fig. 3) • Third degree/complete AV block (Fig. 4) T AB L E 8 . 2 Second degree atrioventricular block, Mobitz type 1 (Wenckebach). Progressively lengthening PR interval followed by dropped beat. 1 Junctional bradycardia. Heart rate 30–60 bpm with P wave absent or position constant either after, immediately before or hidden in QRS complex. Occurs when junctional pacemaker overtakes slow sinus node pacemaker. 4 Complete atrioventricular block. Relationship of P wave to QRS varies randomly, and P waves are absent if there is atrial fibrillation.

2) Suspect atrial flutter with 2 : 1 block when the rate is 150 bpm Often associated with structural heart disease Vagotonic maneuvers and adenosine slow the ventricular rate to reveal flutter waves See Chapter 7 DC cardioversion (p. 4) Discuss further management with a cardiologist Atrial tachycardia Caused by discrete focus of electrical activity P wave usually of abnormal morphology, at a rate 130300/min, conducted with varying degree of AV block May be associated with structural heart disease in older patients DC cardioversion (p.

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