UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: 2010 AHA Guidelines, part II: atropine

Keywords: atropine, cardiac arrest (PubMed Search)

Posted: 11/14/2010 by Amal Mattu, MD
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The new 2010 AHA Guidelines no longer recommend the use of atropine in caring for patients with cardiac arrest. While it may be useful in vagally-mediated bradycardias, the evidence does NOT support the use of atropine in patients with asystole or PEA; therefore, it has been removed from the cardiac arrest algorithm.