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Monday, February 21, 2022

Digoxin Toxicity

REBEL EM - By Anand Swaminathan - February 22, 2022
Take Home Points
  • Although the overall prevalence of digoxin toxicity seems to be decreasing, one must think of this toxicity when facing a patient with bradycardia and “something else”
  • Obtain a 12 lead EKG, serum electrolytes and serum digoxin level initially
  • Digoxin toxicity may mimic several different EKG patterns
  • “Scooped” ST segments signify that the patient is taking digoxin (“dig effect”) and is not an indication of digoxin toxicity
  • Simple doses to remember for Digibind
    • 5 vials in hemodynamically stable patients
    • 10 vials in unstable patients
    • 20 vials in the setting of cardiac arrest
    • Of note: consult your pharmacy to see how many vials are available at your local hospital