ACLS Study Guide - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780323084499, 9780323265218

ACLS Study Guide

4th Edition

Authors: Barbara Aehlert
Paperback ISBN: 9780323084499
eBook ISBN: 9780323265218
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 19th December 2011
Page Count: 424


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.

Key Features

  • 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.

Table of Contents


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



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About the Author

Barbara Aehlert

Affiliations and Expertise

Southwest EMS Education Inc., Phoenix, AZ and Pursley, TX, USA