Nurse’s Notes: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

Posted: August 20, 2018 in Nurse
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Every nurse must know and understand Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) as each of us is dealing with God’s precious gift called life.

What is ACLS? Why is it needed by nurses?

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support training is created to save lives both in and outside the hospital. It’s main target is to combat the leading cause of death, which is cardiac arrest. Over the years, ACLS providers have seen improvement in patient outcomes after cardiac arrest.

Each institution has a team of ACLS provider, but it is also recommended that nurses and doctors are trained in this program. A trained ACLS provider optimizes result with high- quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). and minimally interrupted high- quality chest compressions. Each provider is expected to follow ACLS strategies and techniques to achieve high survival rates.

Effective ACLS is achieved by several elements. These are skills and learning enhancement of knowledgeable healthcare providers, planned and practiced response to cardiovascular situations, rapid recognition of sudden cardiac arrest, promt provision of CPR, early defibrillation (with 3- 5 minutes after collapse), and organized post- cardiac arrest care. When a nurse execute these elements early and properly, ACLS has a high chance of successful outcome.

American Heart Association (AHA) is an organization that strengthens nurses’ skills and knowledge in ACLS. They promote and share high- quality training to nurses to achieve optimal outcome care for patient with sudden cardiac arrest in the community or inside a healthcare facility. Below is AHA’s algorithm for sudden cardiac arrest.

ACLS protocols were updated last 2015 and hopes to provide more effective outcome in the coming years.

So nurses, head on to your training officer and be an ACLS provider.

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