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Pulseless electrical activity (PEA)

Pulseless electrical activity (PEA) is a topic covered in the Diagnosaurus.

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Last updated: December 1, 2014


Zeiger, Roni F.. "Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)." Diagnosaurus, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. Medicine Central, im.unboundmedicine.com/medicine/view/Diagnosaurus/114627/all/Pulseless_electrical_activity__PEA_.
Zeiger RF. Pulseless electrical activity (PEA). Diagnosaurus. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill Education; 2014. https://im.unboundmedicine.com/medicine/view/Diagnosaurus/114627/all/Pulseless_electrical_activity__PEA_. Accessed April 20, 2019.
Zeiger, R. F. (2014). Pulseless electrical activity (PEA). In Diagnosaurus. Available from https://im.unboundmedicine.com/medicine/view/Diagnosaurus/114627/all/Pulseless_electrical_activity__PEA_
Zeiger RF. Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA) [Internet]. In: Diagnosaurus. McGraw-Hill Education; 2014. [cited 2019 April 20]. Available from: https://im.unboundmedicine.com/medicine/view/Diagnosaurus/114627/all/Pulseless_electrical_activity__PEA_.
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