A Rare Case of Transcutaneous Pacing (TCP) with True Electrical and Mechanical Capture
Updated: Aug 14
EMS is called to an assisted living facility for a 79-year-old female who is found collapsed outside her apartment door.
On arrival, the staff is providing adequate chest compressions.
The cardiac monitor is attached.
The arrest rhythm is asystole.
Chest compressions are continued, an IV is initiated, and 1 mg of epinephrine is given.
Now there is a regular bradycardic rhythm without P-waves at a rate of 30.
The patient has a faint pulse but a blood pressure cannot be auscultated. The patient is prepared for transcutaneous pacing (TCP).
The computer is successfully identifying and marking the R-waves.
The pacer is set to 80 PPM and paramedics report capture at 110 mA.
The presence of broad T-waves indicates true electrical capture.
With this rhythm there are pulses that correspond with the monitor (not always accurate), there is an SpO2 waveform, andÂ the NIBPÂ is 118/68.
Unfortunately, the patient did not survive to hospital discharge.