Pulseless Electrical Activity: Where Is the Heartbeat? - RT497

Pulseless Electrical Activity: Where Is the Heartbeat?

by Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN
(4.7 / 652 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


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.
Respiratory therapists: 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 program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. This CE course is approved from 1/17/2012 to 1/17/2014, 3/31/2014 to 3/31/2016, 9/20/2016 to 9/20/2018, and 6/16/2019 to 6/16/2020.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 1/17/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/30/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/16/2020

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. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


For Florida professionals:

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Allan H - Princeton, NJ  ·  Apr 02, 2020
nice review, covered well in ACLS
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Lyndsey M - Chandler, AZ  ·  Mar 21, 2020
I liked this course a lot and learned quality information.
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Laschelle F - las vegas, NV  ·  Mar 18, 2020
One can take time to complete the test
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Edward D - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Mar 06, 2020
This course was very informative
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Bryce B - mansfield, TX  ·  Mar 02, 2020
great coarse very informative
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00