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“Recurrent Ventricular Fibrillation: New Strategies for Challenging Patients”

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“Recurrent Ventricular Fibrillation: New Strategies for Challenging Patients”

Advances in the management of cardiac arrest have led to dramatically improved outcomes. However, patients with refractory or recurrent VF still present a challenge to resuscitate. This session will identify those patients who may benefit from immediate percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), during cardiac arrest. In addition, we will discuss the cutting edge use of mechanical CPR and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to support patients and preserve the myocardium while coronary intervention is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of performing high quality CPR and defining defibrillation success in patients with refractory or recurrent VF
  2. Describe evolving EMS and hospital-based treatment strategies for these patients
  3. Describe the new evidence on the role of mechanical CPR as a bridge to advanced circulatory support and/or PCI


Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CMC, Nicole Kupchik Consulting & Education, Seattle, Washington

Tim Phalen, BSc, ECG Solutions, Inc., Jonesborough, Tennessee

There is no cost for this program.

Target audience: Nurses, Respiratory Therapists

Continuing Education Credit:

  • Nursing: This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032.
  • Respiratory Therapy: This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.