ACLS: Cardiac Arrest

Cardiology, Resuscitation

Here are the 2010 ACLS Guidelines for Cardiac Arrest. This catch-all category encompasses anything without a pulse, but what had previously been separated out into the separate rhythms of ventricular fibrillation, pulseless ventricular tachycardia, asystole and pulseless electrical activity. I love the fact that they simplified this into one algorithm – and they stress:

  • early, deep and uninterrupted chest compressions, and
  • early defibrillation (when indicated – VF/VT)

The first video covers the algorithm and drugs

The second video goes into more details about these drugs

The third video looks at PEA and asystole

Other resources:

Summary from Academic Life in Emergency Medicine 

iResus app (Free) based on the UK resuscitation council guidelines

Written summary of videos (by AJ Kadhim-Saleh)

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