OUT-OF-HOSPITAL USE OF TRANSCUTANEOUS CARDIAC PACING
Summary. Transcutaneous cardiac pacing is a non-invasive method for the treatment of serious bradycardias and asystolic cardiac arrest. Due to its simplicity this method does not require a long-lasting education. It can be quickly applied avoiding all the risks connected with the central venous cannulation. Taking into consideration the above mentioned advantages, transcuta- neous cardiac pacing has become a well-known method of choice for an emergency temporary cardiac pacing. This refers especially to the use of transcutaneous cardiac pacing in out-of-hospital medical centers. This work shows two cases of suc- cessful cardiac pacing in the patients with life threatening bradycardias under the conditions of medicine on the island. The conclusion is that the equipment for transcutaneous cardiac pacing should become a part of the standard resuscitation equip- ment in all our centers that are involved in the activities of emergency medicine.