Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia: to Dip Someone‘s Face into Cold Water?

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The human dive reflex, a physiological phenomenon similar to the bradycardia reflex used by marine mammals during prolonged submersion, represents an effective method of terminating paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in the hospital emergency department. Its usefulness in prehospital care requires further evaluation of the elements of the manoeuvre to determine appropriateness to this setting.

Smith G. Use of the human dive reflex for the management of supraventricular tachycardia: a review of the literature. Emerg Med J 2012; 29: 611–16

(State: 15.02.2013)

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