ACLS core cases

Jump to navigation Jump to search

WikiDoc Resources for ACLS core cases


Most recent articles on ACLS core cases

Most cited articles on ACLS core cases

Review articles on ACLS core cases

Articles on ACLS core cases in N Eng J Med, Lancet, BMJ


Powerpoint slides on ACLS core cases

Images of ACLS core cases

Photos of ACLS core cases

Podcasts & MP3s on ACLS core cases

Videos on ACLS core cases

Evidence Based Medicine

Cochrane Collaboration on ACLS core cases

Bandolier on ACLS core cases

TRIP on ACLS core cases

Clinical Trials

Ongoing Trials on ACLS core cases at Clinical

Trial results on ACLS core cases

Clinical Trials on ACLS core cases at Google

Guidelines / Policies / Govt

US National Guidelines Clearinghouse on ACLS core cases

NICE Guidance on ACLS core cases


FDA on ACLS core cases

CDC on ACLS core cases


Books on ACLS core cases


ACLS core cases in the news

Be alerted to news on ACLS core cases

News trends on ACLS core cases


Blogs on ACLS core cases


Definitions of ACLS core cases

Patient Resources / Community

Patient resources on ACLS core cases

Discussion groups on ACLS core cases

Patient Handouts on ACLS core cases

Directions to Hospitals Treating ACLS core cases

Risk calculators and risk factors for ACLS core cases

Healthcare Provider Resources

Symptoms of ACLS core cases

Causes & Risk Factors for ACLS core cases

Diagnostic studies for ACLS core cases

Treatment of ACLS core cases

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

CME Programs on ACLS core cases


ACLS core cases en Espanol

ACLS core cases en Francais


ACLS core cases in the Marketplace

Patents on ACLS core cases

Experimental / Informatics

List of terms related to ACLS core cases

For patient information, click here

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Mahmoud Sakr, M.D. [2]

Synonyms and keywords: ACLS cases; advanced cardiovascular life support cases; advanced cardiac life support cases


Advanced cardiac life support or (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions.[1] Extensive medical knowledge and rigorous hands-on training and practice are required to master ACLS. Only qualified health care providers (e.g. physicians, paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists and other specially trained health care providers) can provide ACLS, as it requires the ability to manage the patient's airway, initiate IV access, read and interpret electrocardiograms, and understand emergency pharmacology.

The advanced cardiac life support core cases

Acute Coronary Syndromes

Acute Stroke



Pulseless Electrical Activity

Respiratory Arrest

Stable Tachycardia

Unstable Tachycardia

Ventricular Fibrillation

Ventricular Fibrillation/Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia

The Major Changes in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for 2010

  • Quantitative waveform capnography is recommended for confirmation and monitoring of endotracheal tube placement and CPR quality.[2]
  • The traditional cardiac arrest algorithm was simplified and an alternative conceptual design was created to emphasize the importance of high-quality CPR; hence the change from “A-B-C” to “C-A-B”
  • There is an increased emphasis on physiologic monitoring to optimize CPR quality and detect ROSC.
  • Atropine is no longer recommended for routine use in the management of pulseless electrical activity (PEA)/asystole.
  • Chronotropic drug infusions are recommended as an alternative to pacing in symptomatic and unstable bradycardia.
  • Adenosine is recommended as safe and potentially effective for both treatment and diagnosis in the initial management of undifferentiated regular monomorphic wide complex tachycardia.
  • Systematic post–cardiac arrest care after ROSC should continue in a critical care unit with expert multidisciplinary management and assessment of the neurologic and physiologic status of the patient. This often includes the use of therapeutic hypothermia.


  1. ACLS: Principles and Practice. p. 1. Dallas: American Heart Association, 2003. ISBN 0-87493-341-2.
  2. Field JM, Hazinski MF, Sayre MR, Chameides L, Schexnayder SM, Hemphill R; et al. (2010). "Part 1: executive summary: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care". Circulation. 122 (18 Suppl 3): S640–56. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.970889. PMID 20956217.

External links

de:Advanced Life Support

Template:WH Template:WS CME Category::Cardiology