Does teh new ACLS guidelines make a difference?

  1. I just recerted my ACLS and was surprised by the 2005 changes. It seems like a much better and controlled process but I have yet to see it work in real life. It has been a while since I was in a code but is your hospital and code teams actually running codes by the new guide lines and are the patient outcomes any better?
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  3. by   RYNOBLASTER30
    To be honest with you the changes are not that drastic. Overall mortality for a patient that arrests either in or out of a hospital is about 65%, pretty high. I have been to numerous codes in my career and I hate to say it but physicans as well as nurses are very passive when it comes to the protocols. They either don't know them, or they want to check for a pulse every 5 seconds. Don't forget to that they run them entirely to long. By the time a pulse is obtained, his brain has already died. I rarely see physicians run them according to protocols. Alot of physicians are not even ACLS trained.
  4. by   margaretptz
    I feel very ignorant, but what is ACLS?
  5. by   margaretptz
    Okay let me try some common sense here, is it advanced life support certification. Starting my ADN Monday, gee I sure do have a lot to learn
  6. by   EricJRN
    Quote from margaretptz
    Okay let me try some common sense here, is it advanced life support certification. Starting my ADN Monday, gee I sure do have a lot to learn
    Yes - it's Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, a course which teaches healthcare providers (like nurses, doctors, paramedics, etc) to manage a CPR situation or an emergency like a heart attack or stroke. In 2005, major changes were made to the steps in the ACLS protocols.

    Check out the link:

    ACLS Provider Course
  7. by   margaretptz
    Thank you Eric, I appreciate your response.
  8. by   Havin' A Party!
    Congrats Margaret!

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