Chapter 1 consists of an introduction to ACLS, otherwise known as Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The protocols listed in this lesson were developed in accordance with AHA guidelines. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the meaning of ACLS and what can be expected to be learned throughout the course.
"The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, or ACLS, is a series of evidence based
responses simple enough to be committed to memory and recalled under moments of stress.
These ACLS protocols have been developed through research, patient case studies, clinical studies, and opinions of experts in the field. The gold standard in the United States and other countries is the course curriculum published by the American Heart Association, or AHA.
Previously, the AHA released periodic updates to their Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, or ECC, guidelines on a five year cycle, with the most recent update published in 2015. Moving forward, the AHA will no longer wait five years between updates; instead, it will maintain the most up-to-date recommendations online at ECC guidelines.heart.org. Health care providers are recommended to supplement the materials presented in this video series and the corresponding manuals with the guidelines published by the AHA and refer to the most current interventions and rationales throughout their study of ACLS.
While ACLS providers should always be mindful of timeliness, it is important to provide the
intervention that most appropriately fits the needs of the individual. Proper utilization of ACLS
requires rapid and accurate assessment of the individual’s condition. This not only applies to the
provider’s initial assessment of an individual in distress, but also to the reassessment throughout the course of treatment with ACLS.
ACLS protocols assume that the provider may not have all of the information needed from the
individual or all of the resources needed to properly use ACLS in all cases. For example, if a provider is utilizing ACLS on the side of the road, they will not have access to sophisticated devices to measure breathing or arterial blood pressure. Nevertheless, in such situations, ACLS providers have the framework to provide the best possible care in the given circumstances.
ACLS algorithms are based on past performances and result in similar life-threatening cases and are intended to achieve the best possible outcome for the individual during emergencies. The foundation of all algorithms involves the systematic approach of the BLS Survey and the ACLS Survey (using steps ABCD) that you will find later in this video series."
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