Hi everyone; I'm a brand new ICU nurse (brand new nurse period, actually). I have a question and hope it's not too silly...
I recently witnessed a patient that went into PEA (pulseless electrical activity), and I understand the concept of them appearing to have a rhythm but not having corresponding mechanical activity. My question, though, is that when the patient went into this rhythm, the alarm picked it up as asystole. We went into the room and confirmed there was no heartbeat/pulse, but how did the monitor call it asystole if there was still a rhythm?
Thank you in advance!