A 41-year-old member asked:
what happens during a sudden cardiac death?
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Dr. Donald Alves answered
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Timing: If the person has signs of obvious death (rigor / livor / rubor / calor -mortis =dependent blood pooling, rigid muscles, cool/cold to touch, etc.), then most jurisdictions allow declaration of death, police notification & they stand by for medical examiner. If recent collapse or can't tell (scd), then start cpr, secure the airway, start iv, give meds/shocks and transport to er.
Answered on Apr 4, 2013
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