Transcutaneous pacing


  • Bradyarrythmias causing hemodynamic impairment:[1]
    • AV block
    • Sinus node dysfunction
    • A-fib with slow ventricular response
    • Malfunction of implanted pacemaker
  • Tachyarrhythmias causing hemodynamic impairment[1]


  • Pad placement:
    • Pad on apex of heart and on right upper chest
    • Pad on lead V3 position and between left scapula and T-spine
  • Set: HR 80, pacing threshold usually between 40-80 mA
    • If hemodynamically unstable or with evidence of end organ poor perfusion start at 80 mA and titrate down as tolerated.
    • Look for clear QRS complex and T-wave following pacer spike
    • Check pulse to confirm mechanical capture
    • Final current set 5-10 mA above threshold level for patient

See Also


  1. Epstein AE, DiMarco JP, Ellenbogen KA, et al. ACC/AHA/HRS 2008 Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Writing Committee to Revise the ACC/AHA/NASPE 2002 Guideline Update for Implantation of Cardiac Pacemakers and Antiarrhythmia Devices): developed in collaboration with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Circulation. May 27 2008;117(21):e350-408
  2. "Transcutaneous Pacing (TCP): The Problem of False Capture". EMS 12 Lead. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
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