Which vagal maneuvers are used to treat children with sinus tachycardia?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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While preparations are being made for chemical or electrical cardioversion, vagal maneuvers may be attempted to break the dysrhythmia. Vagal maneuvers include the following:

  • Application of an ice bag to the child's face

  • Unilateral carotid massage in older children.


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