Advanced Life SupportBy
ACLS was developed by the American Heart Association in the early 1970s. The acronym ACLS stands for advanced cardiac life support. The program or certification course teaches health care providers how to deliver cardiac medications as well as advanced airway procedures. The course assumes that you have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology. In addition, you should know how to interpret EKG’s as well. You will be required to run a mega-code successfully to demonstrate your knowledge in advanced life-support procedures. A 25 question written exam is give to test your knowledge regarding the advanced cardiac life support curriculum.
There is an algorithm known as ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. This particular cardiac dysrhythmia can best be treated by early defibrillation. Depending on how long the patient has been in cardiac arrest you may need to administer CPR for least two minutes prior to providing any defibrillation to the myocardium. ?Treatment must be initiated within 2 or 3 minutes in order for you to be successful.