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What You Don’t Know About Atrial Fibrillation-Jared Ross

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia encountered by both EMS and emergency department personnel. Providers will gain a better understanding for the etiology and physiology of atrial fibrillation as well as the acute and long-term risks faced by patients with atrial fibrillation. Attendees will understand the treatment of both hemodynamically unstable and stable patients presenting with atrial fibrillation. Building on this, providers will learn to apply pharmacological and electrical treatment for tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. ALS Track sponsored by Distance CME powered by Relias.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the physiology of atrial fibrillation.

2. List the acute and long-term risks that patients with atrial fibrillation face.

3. Describe the prehospital management of hemodynamically stable vs. unstable patient presenting with atrial fibrillation.

4. Explain the prehospital management of other tachyarrhythmias.

5. Discuss the prehospital pharmacological and electrical management options for bradyarrhythmias. 


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  • Format
  • Duration
    1 Hour
  • Credits
    1 CE
  • After passing the course, your certificate will be available for download here.