The quiz
Your task for this case is to assess and manage a patient in cardiac arrest who has pulseless electrical activity (PEA). Although the ECG shows organized cardiac electrical activity, the patient is unresponsive with no palpable pulse. Because finding and identifying an underlying cause is critical to patient outcome, the team searches for possible causes for PEA as they administer CPR. Your patient is a 32-year-old woman who was found unresponsive on the floor of her apartment by her boyfriend. He brought her to the ED. You do not see an obvious chest rise or fall.


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