Incorrect instruction in the use of the Valsalva manoeuvre for paroxysmal supra-ventricular tachycardia is common.
David McD Taylor, Lu Fee Wong
Emergency Medicine Australasia | Published : 2004
OBJECTIVE: Success rates for the Valsalva manoeuvre (VM) in treatment of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) vary with performance technique. This study aimed to assess whether ED doctors instruct their patients to perform the recommended VM technique (supine position for 15 s). METHODS: A multicentre, observational study of 35 ED registrars and 17 emergency physicians. Each doctor was asked to describe how he/she would instruct a patient in SVT to perform the VM. RESULTS: Only five (9.6%) doctors would position their patient correctly and 31 (59.6%) would incorrectly instruct their patient to assume a sitting or semirecumbent position. Only five (9.6%) doctors would give specific ..View full abstract