Tag Archives: Adenosine


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The person gets a weird expression on their face, while your audience – partner, bystanders gasp as the monitor goes asystole, and then weird funky beat, weird funky beat and then a few more weird beats and the person is back in a regular rhythm at 80, and they feel so much better and you feel so much better and you print out the strips and show the printout to the patient and say this was your heart going 220 and then here’s what happened when I gave you the medicine and you felt all weird, see that flat line — that was you — and then here’s you now, good as new, and you — the paramedic — are everybody’s hero.


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The woman, sitting on the couch, is pale and looks uncomfortable. Her pulse is very rapid. Too fast for me to count.