The new standards for the American Red Cross talk about the new cardiac medications. Amiodarone has been brought to the forefront by many medical doctors. This arrhythmic medication has the properties to reduce the irritation of the myocardial cells. In an attempt to reduce damage to the ventricles, Novocain has been kept in the mix as an alternate to be considered.
Vasopressin is a new cardiac medication that increases vascular tone which in return increases the amount of blood return to the brain and vital organs. The previous medication was epinephrine. The American Red Cross chose to leave it in the protocol as an alternative as well. If your hospital tells you that they have changed to the new standards, you can rest assure the old medications are still acceptable medical care.