The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Course is designed for:
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:
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:
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:
All of these
The ACLS algorithms require students to recognize the following ECG rhythms:
Atrial fibrillation and flutter
Atrioventricular (AV) block
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:
The team leader gives a message, order, or assignment to a team member.
By receiving a clear response and eye contact, the team leader confirms that the team member heard and understood the message.
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?
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
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.
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?
Signs and symptoms
Medications (including the last dose taken)
Past medical history (especially relating to current illness)
Last meal consumed
AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, p. 40