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First report of Survival in Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation

Title: First Report of Survival in Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation After Dual-Axis Defibrillation and Esmolol Administration

Written By:  Boehm, Kevin M, Keyes, Daniel, Mader, Laura E, and Moccia, Joan Michelle.

Journal Issue: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health,17(6)

Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a potentially fatal dysrhythmia associated with acute myocardial infarction. The longer a patient waits for definitive care, the greater their chance of mortality. There is a subset of patients, however, who suffered a VF arrest, received appropriate care, and despite standard medications (epinephrine and amiodarone) and multiple defibrillations (3+ attempts at 200 J of biphasic current), remained in refractory VF (RVF), also known as electrical storm. The mortality for these patients is as high as 97%. We present the case of a patient who, because of a novel approach, survived RVF to discharge and outpatient follow-up.

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