Ventricular Tachycardia - Ventricular Rhythm.
- The morphologic features continue with the dysrhythmia. No P wave, wide and bizarre QRS.
- Ventricular Tachycardia occurs when the rate exceeds 100 bpm.
- Approximately 50% of patients become unconscious at the onset of ventricular tachycardia.
- Although patients in V Tach may be treated with a defibrillator, not all patients in Ventricular Tachycardia require this level of treatment.
- Depending upon their level of consciousness and blood pressure. The patient may be treated with medications, synchronized cardioversion or in the worst case scenario a defibrillator and BLS/ACLS response.
- This rhythm must always be reported whether the patient appears stable or not. (Follow your local reporting and treatment protocols)
Analyze this tracing using the five steps of rhythm analysis.
- Rhythm: Regular
- Rate: 150
- P Wave: absent
- PR interval: n/a
- QRS: Wide and bizarre
- Interpretation: Ventricular Tachycardia