ECG Challenge: The path 'more' traveled
EMS is called to a hardware store for a 59-year-old male with palpitations
Here's an interesting case submitted by Adam Thompson from Paramedicine 101. Some changes have been made to preserve patient confidentiality. EMS is called to a hardware store for a 59-year-old male with palpitations.
On arrival the patient is found sitting in a chair in the storeroom. He appears anxious. Skin is pink, warm and moist. He states that this has "happened before" but it's "been a while."
The patient is a poor historian. He states that he's seen a doctor for palpitations before and they "wanted to some kind of procedure but I said forget it!"
Pulse: Extremely rapid and irregular
SpO2: Does not register
The patient denies chest pain or shortness of breath.
Breath sounds are clear bilaterally.
The cardiac monitor is applied.
How would you treat this patient and why?