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ACLS quick review study guide
Aehlert, Barbara.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
St. Louis : Mosby, [2001?]
Physical Description:
ix, 582 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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The 2nd edition of ACLS Quick Review Study Guide offers a complete, concise overview of ACLS (advanced cardiovascular life support), acute coronary syndromes, and acute stroke. Full-color throughout, it has been updated to reflect the new 2000 guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care. It features easy-to-access information with Stop and Review quizzes in each chapter and a comprehensive pre-test and post-test. Plus, the updated 2nd edition now includes a new chapter on The ABCDs of Emergency Cardiac Care, a new chapter on Acute Ischemic Stroke, and an expanded chapter on Airway Management. An all-new section of case presentations is also included, based on the 10 core algorithms of emergency cardiovascular care. In addition to being an outstanding study tool, the ACLS Quick Review Study Guide, 2nd Edition, is the official text for the American Safety and Health Institute ACLS certification course. For more information on ASHI courses, call 800-246-5101 or visit

Table of Contents

Pretestp. 1
Pretest Answers and Rationalesp. 9
Part I Preparatory
1 The ABCDs of Emergency Cardiovascular Carep. 15
What is Emergency Cardiovascular Care?p. 15
Sudden Cardiac Deathp. 18
Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Diseasep. 20
Ethical Aspects of ECCp. 22
Classification of Therapeutic Interventionsp. 29
Patient Assessmentp. 29
Resuscitation Teamp. 38
Principles of Cardiac Arrest Managementp. 45
Assisting the Familyp. 46
Helping the Caregiversp. 48
Stop and Reviewp. 50
Stop and Review Answersp. 52
2 Airway Management: Oxygenation and Ventilationp. 55
Anatomy of the Respiratory Systemp. 56
Lung Volumesp. 61
Manual Airway Maneuversp. 53
Suctioningp. 66
Airway Adjunctsp. 69
Techniques of Artificial Ventilationp. 86
Cricoid Pressurep. 97
Oxygen Administration Devicesp. 98
Advanced Airway Managementp. 105
Stop and Reviewp. 120
Stop and Review Answersp. 123
3 Vascular Accessp. 127
Vascular Accessp. 127
Intravenous Therapyp. 127
Intraosseous Infusionp. 141
Stop and Reviewp. 143
Stop and Review Answersp. 145
4 Dysrhythmia Recognitionp. 147
Anatomy Reviewp. 147
Basic Electrophysiologyp. 149
Electrocardiogram (ECG)p. 155
ECG Paperp. 159
Waveformsp. 160
Rate Measurementp. 165
Rhythm/Regularityp. 166
Analyzing a Rhythm Stripp. 167
Dysrhythmia Recognitionp. 168
Stop and Reviewp. 215
Stop and Review Answersp. 220
5 Electrical Therapyp. 225
Countershockp. 226
Defibrillationp. 226
Synchronized Cardioversionp. 236
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)p. 240
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)p. 246
Pacemaker Therapyp. 249
Precordial Thumpp. 256
Stop and Reviewp. 257
Stop and Review Answersp. 259
6 Myocardial Ischemia, Injury, and Infarctionp. 265
Cardiovascular Diseasep. 265
Introduction to Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)p. 266
Pathogenesis of Acute Coronary Syndromesp. 268
Myocardial Ischemiap. 275
Myocardial Injuryp. 279
Myocardial Infarctionp. 280
Goals in the Immediate Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)p. 288
Initial Recognition and Management of ACS in the Field and Emergency Departmentp. 289
Management of ST-Segment Elevation MIp. 292
Management of Unstable Angina/Non--ST-Segment Elevation MIp. 296
Management of Suspected ACS and Nondiagnostic/Normal ECGp. 298
Complications of Myocardial Infarctionp. 299
12-Lead ECGp. 313
Stop and Reviewp. 326
Stop and Review Answersp. 328
7 Cardiovascular Pharmacologyp. 333
Review of the Autonomic Nervous Systemp. 334
Medications Used in Acute Coronary Syndromesp. 343
Medications Used to Manage Cardiac Dysrhythmiasp. 363
Medications Used to Improve Cardiac Output and Blood Pressurep. 386
Vasodilatorsp. 396
Other Medicationsp. 397
Stop and Reviewp. 399
Stop and Review Answersp. 402
8 Putting It All Togetherp. 407
The ACLS Algorithmsp. 407
Primary and Secondary ABCD Surveysp. 408
Cardiac Arrest Rhythmsp. 411
Peri-Arrest Rhythmsp. 430
Acute Coronary Syndromesp. 450
Stop and Reviewp. 457
Stop and Review Answersp. 461
9 Acute Ischemic Strokep. 469
Why Do We Care About Stroke?p. 469
Classification of Strokep. 470
Stroke--Chain of Recoveryp. 477
Fibrinolytic Therapyp. 485
Stop and Reviewp. 490
Stop and Review Answersp. 491
Part II Case Presentations
Case 1 Respiratory Arrestp. 497
Case 2 Ventricular Tachycardia/Ventricular Fibrillation with an AEDp. 507
Case 3 Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia/Ventricular Fibrillationp. 512
Case 4 Asystolep. 518
Case 5 Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)p. 524
Case 6 Acute Coronary Syndromesp. 529
Case 7 Symptomatic Bradycardiap. 534
Cases 8-9 Stable and Unstable Tachycardiap. 540
Case 10 Acute Ischemic Strokep. 546
Posttestp. 551
Posttest Answers and Rationalesp. 560
Glossaryp. 565