What is the significance of pulse in the treatment of bradyarrhythmias in children?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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When a pediatric patient is found to be bradycardiac, quickly check for a pulse. If no pulse is found, proceed to the pulseless arrest algorithm. If a pulse is found, assess for signs of cardiopulmonary compromise. These signs include the following:

  • Hypotension

  • Acutely altered mental status

  • Other signs of shock


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