What are the common causes of asystole?
Other conditions that may lead to asystole include:Hypoxia: Low oxygen.Hypovolemia: Low levels of blood in your body.Hypo/hyperkalemia: Too little or too much potassium.Hypothermia: Body temperature that’s too low.Hydrogen ion (acidosis): Too much acid in the body.More items…•.
Is asystole a completely straight line?
Asystole is defined as a cardiac arrest rhythm in which there is no discernible electrical activity on the ECG monitor. Consequently, it is sometimes referred to as a “flat line.” Confirmation that a “flat line” is truly asystole is an important step in the ACLS protocol.
Can you pace asystole?
Transcutaneous pacing is no longer indicated for the treatment of asystole (cardiac arrest associated with a “flat line” on the ECG), with the possible exception of witnessed asystole (as in the case of bifascicular block that progresses to complete heart block without an escape rhythm).
What is the best treatment for asystole?
The only two drugs recommended or acceptable by the American Heart Association (AHA) for adults in asystole are epinephrine and vasopressin. Atropine is no longer recommended for young children and infants since 2005, and for adults since 2010 for pulseless electrical activity (PEA) and asystole.
What happens if you defibrillate asystole?
The heart’s electrical system controls the organ’s ability to pump blood to the rest of the body. If the flow of this electricity becomes disorganised or the heart muscle stops responding normally, the regular pumping action is lost.
Can you recover from asystole?
Overall the prognosis is poor and the survival is even poorer if there is asystole after resuscitation. Data indicate that less than 2% of people with asystole survive. Recent studies do document improved outcomes but many continue to have residual neurological deficits.