Cardiac Arrest

by Doc Molly

September 13, 2023

In this module, we practice talking about cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In the first lesson we practice explaining CPR in the context of discussing code status. Then we will go through a series of 4 different scenarios where a patient is treated by Emergency Medical Services following a cardiac arrest. We will learn to discuss the patient's condition after CPR and transport to the hospital, how to explain when CPR is not recommended and when it CPR is stopped because further attempts at resuscitation are futile.

Module Content

10 Lessons

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Lesson 1:  Explaining CPR

To begin this series, we revisit a dialogue from our Palliative Care series where the doctor explains cardiopulmonary resuscitation. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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In this second half of the dialogue from our Palliative Care series the doctor explains a DNR order. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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In this first scenario, the patient is already in rigor mortis and the paramedic must explain why they are not initiating CPR.

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Interpret the first half of the clinical encounter: "Too Late for CPR."

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Interpret the second half of the clinical encounter: "Too Late for CPR."

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In this second scenario, the paramedics respond to a call where the patient was found unresponsive and the paramedics take over CPR from the family at arrival and decide to continue CPR en route to the hospital.

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Interpret the clinical encounter: "CPR en Route to the Hospital."

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This is the third of 4 scenarios in which the paramedics care for a patient who has suffered an out-of-hospital arrest. Learn how to explain interventions performed during ACLS and the decision to stop CPR to family.

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Interpret the first half of the clinical encounter: "Stopping CPR"

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Interpret the second half of the clinical encounter: "Stopping CPR"

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