What is the emergent treatment of ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in a child?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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If the rhythm indicates ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, then it is a shockable rhythm and intervention proceeds as follows:

  • The defibrillator should be charged to 2 J/kg, and a shock should be delivered as soon as possible once all team members are clear

  • Promptly restart CPR for an additional 2 minutes

  • Establish IV/IO access if not already done

  • After 2 minutes, recheck the rhythm


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