ACLS Study Guide - Elsevier eBook on Intel Education Study, 4th Edition
Elsevier eBook on Intel Education Study

ACLS Study Guide - Elsevier eBook on Intel Education Study, 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 -- allow you to check your knowledge prior to and after your study.

  • Chapter objectives preview the main points in each chapter.

  • Stop and Review sections at the end of the chapters help you remember the most important information.

  • ACLS Pearls boxes offer key points and useful tips for clinical practice.

  • Keeping it Simple boxes provide essential information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Ten case studies present real-life clinical situations, allowing you to make decisions based on information in the Preparatory section.

  • Consistent format of case studies includes Objective, Skills to Master, Rhythms to Master, Medications to Master, Related Text Chapters, Essential Actions, and Unacceptable Actions.

  • A heart rate ruler is included to help you interpret ECGs.

  • 4 x 6 pocket-size quick-reference card contains key ACLS algorithms for field use.
  • 100 new and updated photos and illustrations show key ACLS procedures and equipment.
    • Pharmacological interventions are integrated into the chapters for a more cohesive learning experience.
      • New streamlined approach reduces the number of pages and simplifies the information you need to know.


        Pretest Answers


        1. The ABCDs of Emergency Cardiovascular Care


        Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

        Sudden Cardiac Death

        Chain of Survival

        - Early Recognition and Activation

        - Early CPR

        - Early Defibrillation

        - Early Advanced Cardiac Life Support

        - Integration of Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

        Phases of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

        Patient Assessment

        - Scene Safety

        - General Impression

        - Primary Survey

        - Secondary Survey

        Stop and Review

        Stop and Review Answers

        2. Airway Management: Oxygenation and Ventilation

        Anatomy of the Respiratory System

        - Upper Airway

        - Lower Airway

        Lung Volumes and Capacities

        - Lung Volumes

        - Lung Capacities

        - Ventilation Rates

        Devices for Assessing Oxygenation and Ventilation

        - Pulse Oximetry

        - Carbon Dioxide Monitoring

        Oxygen Delivery Devices

        - Nasal Cannula

        - Simple Face Mask

        - Partial Rebreather Mask

        - Nonrebreather Mask

        Manual Airway Maneuvers

        - Head Tilt-chin Lift

        - Jaw Thrust

        - Jaw Thrust without Head Tilt


        - Purpose of Suctioning

        - Suction Catheters

        - Upper Airway Suctioning

        - Lower Airway Suctioning

        Airway Adjuncts

        - Oral Airway

        - Nasal Airway

        Techniques of Positive Pressure Ventilation

        - Mouth-to-Barrier Device Ventilation

        - Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation

        - Bag-Mask Ventilation

        Advanced Airways

        - Esophageal-Tracheal Combitube

        - King Laryngeal Tube Airway

        - Laryngeal Mask Airway

        - Tracheal Intubation

        Stop and Review

        Stop and Review Answers

        3. Rhythms and Management


        Section 1: Anatomy Review and Basic Electrophysiology

        Coronary Arteries

        Basic Electrophysiology

        - Myocardial Cell Types

        - Properties of Cardiac Cells

        - Cardiac Action Potential

        - Refractory Periods

        - Conduction System

        The Electrocardiogram

        - Electrodes

        - Leads

        - Electrocardiogram Paper

        - Waveforms and Complexes

        - Segments and Intervals

        Rhythm Recognition

        - Sinus Rhythm

        - Sinus Arrhythmia

        Section 2: Tachydysrhythmias: Too Fast Rhythms

        Narrow-QRS Tachycardias

        - Sinus Tachycardia

        - Atrial Tachycardia

        - AV Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia

        - AV Reentrant Tachycardia

        - Junctional Tachycardia

        Wide-QRS Tachycardias

        - Intraventricular Conduction Defects

        - Accelerated Idioventricular Rhythm

        - Ventricular Tachycardia

        Irregular Tachycardias

        - Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia

        - Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fibrillation

        - Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia

        Section 3: Bradydysrhythmias: Too Slow Rhythms

        Sinus Bradycardia

        - What Causes It?

        - What Do I Do About It?

        Junctional Escape Rhythm

        - What Causes It?

        - What Do I Do About It?

        Ventricular Escape Rhythm

        - What Causes It?

        - What Do I Do About It?

        Atrioventricular (AV) Blocks

        - First-Degree AV Block

        - Second-Degree AV Blocks

        - Third-Degree AV Block

        Section 4: Cardiac Arrest Rhythms

        Ventricular Tachycardia

        Ventricular Fibrillation

        Asystole (Cardiac Standstill)

        Pulseless Electrical Activity

        The Resuscitation Team

        - Goals of the Resuscitation Team

        - Configuration of the Resuscitation Team

        - Code Organization - "Phase Response"

        - Helping the Caregivers

        Stop and Review

        Stop and Review A

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


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