Asystole - Ventricular Rhythm.
- This dysrhythmia occurs when there is a total absence of electrical activity in the heart.
- The patient is clinically dead.
- Sometimes this tracing is referred to as straight line or flat line.
- There will be an absence of P waves and QRS complexes.
- True Asystole is an absolute medical emergency.
- (Follow your local reporting and treatment protocols)
- If your patient is speaking to you, they are NOT in Asystole. Check your attachments and equipment.
Analyze this tracing using the five steps of rhythm analysis.
- Rhythm: Absent
- Rate: 0
- P Wave: absent
- PR interval: n/a
- QRS: absent
- Interpretation: Asystole