Adult Bradycardia Algorithm


Identify and treat underlying cause
• Maintain patent airway; assist breathing as necessary
• Oxygen (if hypoxemic)
• Cardiac monitor to identify rhythm; monitor blood pressure and oximetry
• IV access
• 12-Lead ECG if available; don’t delay therapy
• Consider possible hypoxic and toxicologic causes

Persistent bradyarrhythmia causing:
• Hypotension?
• Acutely altered mental status?
• Signs of shock?
• Ischemic chest discomfort?
• Acute heart failure?

Atropine 0.5 mg every 3 to 5 minutes [maximum dose 3 mg]

Transcutaneous Pacing Once capture achieved, Check BP, Sedate.

Dopamine Infusion – 2 to 20 mcg/Kg/ minute


Epinephrine Infusion – 2 to 10 mcg/ minute

Once Epinephrine makes HR go above the HR set for Pacer, Turn off the Pacer.

• Expert consultation
• Transvenous pacing

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.