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ACLS Algorithms

Learning the ACLS algorithms is vital to ACLS training, and most advanced cardiac life support courses will test trainees on the algorithms in some way, shape, or form. Memorizing the most recent ACLS algorithms is particularly important for medical providers directly involved in ACLS management. The algorithms listed below are taken from the latest 2010 ACLS AHA guidelines.

Acute Coronary Syndromes

The Acute Coronary Syndromes algorithm details the assessment and management of patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes including patients displaying symptoms suggestive of ischemia or infarction.

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Adult Bradycardia (With Pulse)

The Adult Bradycardia algorithm describes how to assess and manage adult patients who present with symptomatic bradycardia.

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Adult Cardiac Arrest

The Adult Cardiac Arrest algorithm treats patients who do not respond to the BLS Primary Survey. The algorithm is used for a variety of arrythmias including pulseless VF/VT, PEA, and asystole. At this point the BLS Primary Survey should have been performed, quality CPR initiated, and the emergency medical service should be activated.

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Adult Tachycardia (With Pulse)

The Adult Tachycardia algorithm is used to assess and manage tachycardic patients with a pulse. The first steps of this algorithm involve determining the tachycardic rhythm and verifying if the patient has a pulse.

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Adult BLS for Healthcare Providers

The Adult BLS for Healthcare Providers algorithm describes the steps to treat patients that are not breathing or who have abnormal breathing. A pulse check is followed by high quality CPR. CPR is also now required to receive a high school diploma

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Chest Pain Checklist for STEMI Fibrinolytic Therapy

The Chest Pain Checklist for STEMI Fibrinolytic Therapy screens patients for their viability for fibrinolytic therapy.

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Adult Immediate Post Cardiac Care

The Adult Immediate Post Cardiac Care algorithm involves managing patients after they have been resuscitated using the BLS and ACLS Surveys. Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) has been achieved and the team leader instructs team members on the follow up steps of the algorithm.

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Adult Suspected Stroke

The Adult Suspected Stroke algorithm is used to treat patients with suspected stroke. The first step involves identifying the signs and symptoms of possible stroke, activating EMS and proceeding from there.

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Thank you for give us them...can you tell me about atrial fibrilation threatment?and when we need cardioversi...thanks again...

Hi Surya, thank you for your question.
Although atrial fibrillation is a common condition, treatment can be complicated by many factors. The most important factor to consider when you are faced with a patient in atrial fibrillation is whether or not the patient is stable. If the patient is unstable (i.e. short of breath, hypotension, experiencing chest pain or other symptoms), cardioversion is called for. If the patient is stable, you have time to consider other complicating factors to determine what medication might effectively control the patient's rate and/or convert the arrhythmia. Bottom line- if the patient is unstable, cardiovert.
I hope that answers your question!

Do you have them in Spanish? Thank you

Hello Giovanna. We don’t offer in Spanish at this time.

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