NICE Recommendations

The management of patients presenting with AF is further complicated by the need to consider the important role of anticoagulation. This is beyond the scope of this session. See the NICE recommendation.

Please also refer to the dedicated RCEMlearning session on Atrial Fibrillation.

Learning bite

  • An unstable patient in atrial fibrillation should be electrically cardioverted
  • Attempt cardioversion in patients with atrial fibrillation/flutter of less than 48 hours