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Basic ACLS Practice Test

The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Course is designed for: Nurses Physicians EMTs Any healthcare providers that direct or participate in cardiovascular emergencies The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 1 Knowledge and skills required to successfully complete the ACLS course do NOT include: BLS skills Ability to perform pericardiocentesis and chest tube placement ECG rhythm interpretation for core ACLS algorithms Basic ACLS drug and pharmacology knowledge The following knowledge and skills are required for successful course completion:
  • BLS Skills
  • ECG rhythm interpretation for core ACLS rhythms
  • Knowledge of airway management and adjuncts
  • Basic ACLS drug and pharmacology knowledge
  • Practical application of ACLS rhythms and drugs
  • Effective high-performance team skills
AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 2
ACLS algorithms require students to recognize which of the following ECG rhythms: Bradycardia Tachycardia Asystole All of these The ACLS algorithms require students to recognize the following ECG rhythms:
  • Sinus rhythm
  • Atrial fibrillation and flutter
  • Bradycardia
  • Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular (AV) block
  • Asystole
  • Pulseless electrical activity (PEA)
  • Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
  • Ventricular fibrillation (VF)
AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 3
In order to minimize interruptions in chest compressions, you should avoid all of the following except: Prolonged rhythm analysis Frequent or inappropriate pulse checks Removing the patient from a dangerous environment Taking too long to give breaths to the patient Unnecessarily moving the patient Try to limit interruptions in chest compressions (eg, defibrillation and rhythm analysis) to no longer than 10 seconds, except in extreme circumstances, such as removing the patient from a dangerous environment. When you stop chest compressions, blood flow to the brain and heart stops. AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 37 When communicating with team members, the team leader communicates by taking these steps:
  1. The team leader gives a message, order, or assignment to a team member.
  2. By receiving a clear response and eye contact, the team leader confirms that the team member heard and understood the message.
  3. The team leader listens for confirmation of task performance from the team member before assigning another task.
What type of communication do these steps represent?
Closed-Loop Communication Collaboration Communication Dictatorial Communication Emergency Response Communication The team leader used Closed-Loop Communication. AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 31
Team members should not: Share information with other team members Shout if they are not understood initially Point out significant changes in a patient's clinical condition Question a colleague who is about to make a mistake Team members and leaders should not shout or yell at team members. AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 32 A team leader should: Assign tasks to team members who are unsure of their responsibilities Avoid taking assignments themselves so they can properly direct Monitor individual performance of team members Distribute more tasks to more qualified team members The role of a team leader is multifaceted. The team leader:
  • Organizes the group
  • Monitors individual performance of team members
  • Models excellent team behavior
  • Trains and coaches
  • Facilitates understanding
  • Focuses on comprehensive patient care
AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 25
If you are called upon as a team member to utilize a new skill, you should do so in the interest of the team. True False During the stress of an attempted resuscitation, do not practice or explore a new skill. It is not a sign of weakness or incompetence to ask for help. AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 28 If a patient is conscious, according to the Systematic Approach you should: Begin the BLS Assessment Begin the Primary Assessment Skip to the Secondary Assessment If the patient appears conscious, use the Primary Assessment for your initial evaluation. AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 33 What memory aid can help you in the Secondary Assessment? A,B,C,D,E SAMPLE C-A-B SAMPLE
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Medications (including the last dose taken)
  • Past medical history (especially relating to current illness)
  • Last meal consumed
  • Events
AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 40