- chaotic impulses that cause the heart to fibrillate
- there is no cardiac muscular contraction
- unconscious, no pulse, BP or respirations
- Defibrillate, CPR, follow ACLS protocol
- know Vasopression, epinephrine, Amiodarone, Lidocaine
- cause-drowning, struck by lightening or electrical shock, hypothermia
assess pt, check pulse, LOC, defibrillate, CPR-effective when a pulse is present, drugs won't make hypothermic, what caused this?