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Hypotension. Third-degree heart block. Syncope.

Elderly patient with syncope. Found to be in third-degree heart block. Unstable requiring pacing. Initial management includes ACLS approach with transcutaneous pacing. Upon stabilization, the objective is placement of a transvenous pacemaker for transport to a higher level of care for permanent pacemaker insertion.

Goals and Objectives

Educational Goal:

  • Approach to unstable bradycardia.

Objectives (Medical and CRM):

  • ACLS bradycardia management.
  • Technical aspects to starting transcutaneous and transvenous pacing.

EPAs Assessed:

  • ACLS approach to bradycardia, recognizing the need for pacing and description of technical aspects (transcutaneous & transvenous), coordinating transfer for permanent pacemaker insertion.


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