Category Archives: Valsalva Maneuver

I know our standards as an ACP for over 18 years but if SVT encounter in a pediatric patient and long transport. If we patched got approval would this be appropriate based off the attached studies and success rate in comparison to the REVERT maneuver?

Do we HAVE to take a 12 lead to diagnose SVT?

If the modified valsalva works & then they revert back into an SVT, can I perform the modified valsalva again? Is it only 2 attempts or 2 per episode if safe and feasible to do so; being sure not to perform more than 2 on scene delaying transport?

Question: If the Valsalva Maneuver is not a medically controlled act why would a PCP not be able to carry out this procedure for a symptomatic narrow complex, regular rhythm tachycardia that is symptomatic? PCP's are supposed to be able to identify sinus tachycardia, atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter which would be contraindicated and especially if no other immediate care is available. Why such be restricted to only ACP's, again especially if no other immediate care is available?

Question: A recent study, published in the Lancet showed an alternative way of performing a Valsalva maneuver, that is much more effective.

It is described and shown in a video here:

Is it acceptable for us to perform this when a Valsalva is called for in our directives?

Question: We haven't heard much discussion on this topic lately, so could you please detail which vagal maneuvers we are able to perform?