Pulseless Electrical Activity: Where Is the Heartbeat?

by Expert Reviewer: Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP; Expert Reviewer: Lisa A. Feeley-Jahrsdoerfer, RN, MSN, CCRN; Instructor: Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN


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Pulseless electrical activity (PEA) 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.

About the Course Author

Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP is a Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Dunlevy is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles in journals such as Respiratory Care, Journal of the American Dietietic Association, and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Times. In 1994, she received the AARC Asthma Education Fellowship. She has received many honors and awards as an educator, mentor, faculty member, and scholar.

Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN, has more than 35 years of experience in emergency nursing as a clinician, educator, and nurse leader. She is the president of NMB Global Leadership LLC.


Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the treatments for pulseless electrical activity; Explain the basic underlying pathophysiology of pulseless electrical activity; Identify the 10 diagnoses associated with pulseless electrical activity
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Advanced, Advanced level Emergency Medical Personnel; Nurses; Respiratory Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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