Chapter 9. Cardiac Arrhythmias Associated with Cardiac Arrest

  1. Philip Jevon RGN, BSc (Hon), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Published Online: 4 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318388.ch9

ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition

ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition

How to Cite

Jevon, P. (2009) Cardiac Arrhythmias Associated with Cardiac Arrest, in ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318388.ch9

Author Information

  1. Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181624

Online ISBN: 9781444318388



  • cardiac arrhythmias associated with cardiac arrest;
  • ECG rhythms and cardiac arrest - shockable and non-shockable rhythms;
  • ventricular fibrillation;
  • Resuscitation Council UK advanced life support algorithm;
  • ‘flat line’ ECG trace and incorrect lead and ECG gain settings;
  • European Resuscitation Council guidelines and asystole management;
  • ventricular standstill - P waves and absent QRS complexes;
  • pulseless electrical activity (PEA);
  • agonal rhythm and slow, irregular, wide QRS complexes;
  • ventricular fibrillation (VF) and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Ventricular Fibrillation

  • Asystole

  • Ventricular Standstill

  • Pulseless Electrical Activity

  • Agonal Rhythm

  • Chapter Summary

  • References