Ventricular Fibrillation in Emergency Medicine Workup

Updated: Dec 30, 2015
  • Author: Keith A Marill, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

Laboratory studies include the following:

  • Serum electrolyte levels, including calcium and magnesium
  • Cardiac enzymes to identify myocardial injury
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to detect contributing anemia
  • Arterial blood gases (ABGs) and serum lactate levels to assess the degree of acidosis or hypoxemia
  • Toxicologic screens and levels as clinically indicated
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Imaging Studies

Chest radiography may identify aspiration pneumonia, pulmonary edema, cardiomegaly, and injury (eg, secondary to cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR]).

Electrocardiography (ECG) is used to help identify ischemic or proarrhythmic conditions.

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