Causes of pulseless electrical activity (mnemonic)

Pulseless electrical activity is a very disconcerting medical scenario with a very high mortality unless its aetiology can be quickly ascertained and corrected. A mnemonic to remember the different causes of pulseless electrical activity is:

  • MAD (triple H) Cat

Mnemonic

  • H: hypoxia/hypothermia
  • H: hypovolaemia
  • H: hypokalaemia/hyperkalaemia

A useful way to remember the mnemonic is recalling Triple H is one of the biggest WWE stars and his "mad cat". 

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rID: 7169
System: Cardiac
Section: Mnemonics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • MAD (Triple H) CAT
  • MAD HHH CAT
  • Mad Triple H Cat

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