What is the AHA pediatric advanced life support (PALS) algorithm for treatment of ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (pVT)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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The following summarizes the AHA PALS algorithm for VF or pVT [43] :

  • Call for help and activate the emergency response
  • Initiate high-quality CPR and give oxygen
  • Attach an ECG monitor and defibrillator pads
  • Establish vascular access; initially, attempting peripheral IV access is acceptable but only for a short, limited time; if a peripheral IV access cannot be quickly established, then an IO line should be placed by a trained provider

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