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ACLS Algorithms - Updated 2020 AHA Guidelines

ACLS algorithms are arguably the most crucial part of understanding the many advanced cardiac life saving procedures and are essential for passing the ACLS exam. Based on the latest American Heart Association guidelines, our team of medical and education professionals worked to compose these algorithms to help you better comprehend the material and get you certified fast.

At the end of each year the American Heart Association releases updates for CPR/ECC courses. We review the 2020 Updates in the modules and provide the latest updates. More can be found at
2020 Guidelines Focused Updates

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Our ACLS online course provide the knowledge and the skills to successfully manage bradycardia, tachycardia, acute coronary syndromes, stroke or resuscitate an adult in cardiac arrest.

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Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm

The Cardiac Arrest Algorithm is the most critical algorithm of ACLS. When you have a patient without a pulse, you must recognize either ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (pVT) as shockable rhythms.

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Cardiac Arrest Circular Algorithm

This algorithm is a summary of the recommended steps when a patient is in cardiac arrest. Starting with CPR, you’ll work through the sequence by relying on rhythm checks, shocks if VF/pVT, and drug delivery.

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Suspected Stroke Algorithm

The ACLS Suspected Stroke Algorithm emphasizes critical actions for out-of-hospital and in-hospital care and treatment. A stroke is an interruption in blood supply to a part of the brain which causes acute neurologic impairment.

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Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Algorithm

This will take you through the implementation of a comprehensive treatment protocol for post-cardiac arrest care. This case is applicable to a patient who has had cardiac arrest and was resuscitated with the BLS, ACLS Primary, and ACLS Secondary Assessments.

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Acute Coronary Syndromes Algorithm

The steps of this ACS Algorithm outline the assessment and management guidelines for patients experiencing symptoms suggestive of ischemia or infarction.

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Bradycardia With A Pulse Algorithm

The Bradycardia Algorithm provides the information you need to assess and manage a patient with symptomatic bradycardia or a heart rate under 50 bpm. For some people (ie. runners), a slower heart rate may be normal and they will be asymptomatic.

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Tachycardia With A Pulse Algorithm

With this algorithm, you'll need to determine if the patient is stable or unstable by evaluating and determining if the rhythm is regular or irregular and if the QRS is wide or narrow. This can help you determine the type of tachyarrhythmia.

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