Immediate Life Support (ILS)- Healthcare

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CPR Seizures and agonal gasps

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Recognizing Signs of Cardiac Arrest

1. Introduction

Understanding Immediate Changes During Cardiac Arrest

  • Sudden Internal Environment Shift: Acknowledging the abrupt transformation within a patient's body during cardiac arrest.
  • Cessation of Brain Perfusion: Recognizing that blood flow to the brain halts during this critical phase.

2. Identifying Common Signs

Key Indicators Following Cardiac Arrest

  • Body Movements Resembling Seizures: Observing involuntary motor actions that may resemble a seizure.
  • Agonal Gasps: Noting gasping breaths, known as agonal gasps, that can occur.

3. Proper Response

Clear Action in the Face of Uncertainty

  • Correct Course of Action: Ensuring responders make informed decisions based on their observations.
  • Distinguishing Agonal Gasps: Avoiding confusion between agonal gasps and normal breathing.
  • Motor Movements Clarification: Preventing misinterpretation of involuntary motor movements as seizures.