Today started off with Thomas having an episode of supra ventricular tachycardia (SVT) at 5.30am. I received a phone call at 7.30 telling me that they needed to give a drug called adenosine to slow his heart rate down as it was at 220bpm. As they were preparing the drug, he corr3xted himself and came back into normal rhythm.
Adenosine works by essentially stopping the heart momentarily so that normal rhythm can start back up. To administer it they need to have the defibrillator and emergency paediatric drug box ready just in case the heart doesn’t correct or in case the bpm drops too low or stops. I was very glad that he didn’t need to have it and self corrected.
The rest of the day was settled and calm.