Why don't we give amiodarone in the non-shockable side of the CPR algorithm?

Why is amiodarone only used on the shockable side of the resuscitation guidelines in the UK.

What is the advantage here but not on the non-shockable side?

Authored By Farhan Rhatin on Thursday 3rd January 2013

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Peter Calvert
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Medical Student - Lancaster
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Posted over 7 years ago

To understand this, it's important to clarify shockable vs non-shockable rhythms.

Shocking works by briefly stunning the hearts electical activity, in the hope that it will restart in a normal rhythm again.

For a rhythm to be shocka

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Dr Syed Shakeel Ahmad
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Posted over 7 years ago

Amiodrone is a non-specific in its action and hence a broad-spectrum anti-arrhythmic. It can be used for chemical cardioversion in other arrythmias too provided the dosage is taken care off. I think one indication is possibly that arrthmia/s due to dig

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