no it doesn't look like asystole. it can be any rythm, the difference is they have no pulse. Can't be identified by the strip, because it can be NSR Atrial Fib. That is why PEA is dangerous, it looks the same. Hence the name
Apr 20, '07
Yep, PEA can look like a really nice NSR. That's why you treat the patient, not the monitor.