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ACLS Study Guide - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 4th Edition


Reflecting the 2010 Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines, ACLS Study Guide, 4th Edition offers a complete, full-color overview of advanced cardiovascular life support. An easy-to-read approach covers everything from airway management and rhythms and their management to electrical therapy, acute coronary syndromes, and acute stroke. In addition to the latest ACLS treatment algorithms, this edition includes new case studies, new photos and illustrations, a heart rate ruler, and a handy ACLS quick-reference card for use in the field. Written by Barbara Aehlert, ACLS Study Guide is the official textbook for the American Safety & Health Institute ACLS certification course.

  • A pretest and posttest, each containing 50 questions with answers and rationales, provide readers with opportunities to check comprehension prior to and after study.
  • Chapter Objectives allow readers to preview the main points in each chapter.
  • Quick Review boxes throughout the chapters and Stop and Review sections at the end of the chapters test reader comprehension of the material.
  • Chapters 1-8 comprise a Preparatory section to provide the foundation for the case presentations in the second section. Ten case studies present real-life clinical situations enabling the reader to make decisions based on information in the Preparatory section.
  • Consistent organization of case studies include Objective, Skills to Master, Rhythms to Master, Medications to Master, Related Text Chapters, Questions, Answers, Essential Actions, and Unacceptable Actions to aide in the study and mastery of material.
  • Unique treatment algorithms - totally revised to reflect the 2005 emergency cardiac care guidelines - simplify the new treatment guidelines, making them easier to use and remember.
  • Chapter on Stroke has now been expanded to include Special Resuscitation Situations.
  • ACLS Pearl boxes contain key points and useful tips for clinical practice.
  • Keeping it Simple boxes contain essential information in a clear and concise manner.
  • A heart rate ruler is included to help determine heart rate while practicing ECG recognition.
  • A 4 x 6 pocket-size quick-reference card with key ACLS algorithms is included for field-use.
  • Vascular Access and Medications combined into one chapter to present venous circulation information with all relevant common medications used during a cardiac-related emergency.

Part 1: Preparatory

Chapter 1 – The ABCDs of Emergency Cardiac Care

Chapter 2 – Airway Management: Oxygenation and Ventilation

Chapter 3 – Rhythm Recognition

Section 1: Anatomy Review and Basic Electrophysiology

Section 2: Tachydysrhythmias: Too Fast Rhythms

Section 3: Bradydysrhythmias: Too Slow Rhythms

Section 4: Cardiac Arrest: Absent/Pulseless Rhythms

Section 5: Premature Beats and Pacemaker Rhythms

Chapter 4 – Electrical Therapy

Chapter 5 – Vascular Access and Medications

Chapter 6 – Acute Coronary Syndromes

Chapter 7 – Stroke and Special Resuscitation Situations

Chapter 8 – Putting It All Together

Part 2: Case Studies

Case 1: Respiratory Arrest

Case 2: Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia/Ventricular Fibrillation with an Automated External Defibrillator

Case 3: Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia/Ventricular Fibrillation

Case 4: Asystole

Case 5: Pulseless Electrical Activity

Case 6: Acute Coronary Syndromes

Case 7: Symptomatic Bradycardia

Case 8: Unstable Tachycardia

Case 9: Stable Tachycardia

Case 10: Acute Ischemic Stroke


Barbara J Aehlert, RN, BSPA, Southwest EMS Education Inc., Phoenix, AZ and Pursley, TX, USA
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