Transient asystole: aetiology and treatment by paramedics

Transient asystole is seen relatively rarely by paramedics. It is often mistaken for syncope or seizures, which means that paramedics may miss an opportunity to help with a swift diagnosis and therefore help reduce morbidity and mortality (Deakin et al, 2010). This article explores the aetiology of transient asystole along with its pathophysiology and analyses how some prescription drugs may contribute to the onset of transient asystole. It will look at treatment options that are available to paramedics including atropine, and establish if this is the optimal treatment for the condition.

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