Pulseless Electrical Activity: Where Is the Heartbeat? - 19-GANN-F3-0014

Pulseless Electrical Activity: Where Is the Heartbeat?

by Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN
(4.6 / 20 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
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Pulseless electrical activity is a lethal cardiac pulseless rhythm. It encompasses several types of pulseless rhythms, including idioventricular and ventricular escape rhythms. It results in death if immediate lifesaving measures are not taken. This module provides clinicians with information about the identification and treatment of PEA.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide nurses and respiratory therapists with information about the identification and treatment of pulseless electrical activity. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the basic underlying pathophysiology of pulseless electrical activity
  • Identify the 10 diagnoses associated with pulseless electrical activity
  • Describe the treatments for pulseless electrical activity

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, and respiratory therapists.
EMTs/paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

Course Originally Released on: 11/3/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/30/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/25/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Tracy L - Arlington, TX  ·  Aug 24, 2019
need to know this for cardiac arrest
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Russell S - Orlando, FL  ·  Aug 17, 2019
good review of PEA. Informative / factual
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Penny H - Whitewater, WI  ·  Aug 14, 2019
I found this to be very informative
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Armando S - Lompoc, CA  ·  Aug 02, 2019
quick, informative, one test question may be wrong
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Tera K - ANGORA, MN  ·  Jul 22, 2019
Excellent information!!
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