How to learn ACLS? - page 2

by DaughteroftheKing

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I need to take an ACLS course for my position in the ICU & the facility offers two- one is a two day comprehensive course and the other is a refresher course for those who have been ACLS certified- well, obviously I registered... Read More


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    I am suprised they are letting you take a refresher without taken the whole two day course. If we've been certified already and let it lapse for even one day, we have to take the whole course. You are just lucky I guess. Good luck. It's not like the old days of hard core mega code scenarios either. It's more of a learning process now. Once again, good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    Isn't ACLS Cert mandatory for your job? If so why is your employer not supplying you the book and course paid for by them?!? Also the one day course is for re-cert only so your manager is misinformed. You need the 2 day course. Stand up for yourself get informed
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    I did Got the two day class woohoo!
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    You MUST know the lethal rhythms, 3rd degree block, vfib, vtach, and how to pace brady with symptoms. Asystole and PEA is the same thing, only you try to find out the "H"'s of the cause of PEA.

    Once you know this... look listen, feel... the basics then two minutes of CPR long before epi is pushed. Just call vasopressin and you're good for 20 minutes.

    ACLS is no longer the chemistry expirament it used to be, keep with the basics, stay on the chest for two minutes, pulse and rhythm check, switch compressors and treat the rhythm at the 2 minute mark.

    Do not make this difficult, it may be foreign, but ask an ACLS teacher to walk you through if this is new to you.


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