Chapter 7. The Advanced Life Support Algorithm

  1. Pam Moule RN, DipN, DipNE, BSc(Hons), MSc, EdD Reader and
  2. John W. Albarran RN, DipN (Lon.), BSc (Hons), PG Dip Ed, MSc, DPhil NFESC Reader
  1. Jackie Younker Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 22 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316056.ch7

Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition

Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition

How to Cite

Younker, J. (2009) The Advanced Life Support Algorithm, in Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition (eds P. Moule and J. W. Albarran), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316056.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193542

Online ISBN: 9781444316056

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Keywords:

  • Advanced life support (ALS) - essential link in Chain of Survival;
  • ALS and early defibrillation and high-quality uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
  • ALS treatment algorithm steps;
  • step-by-step account of treatment of shockable rhythms (VF/VT) as in ALS algorithm;
  • treating shockable rhythms (VF/VT);
  • non-shockable rhythms - PEA/ASYSTOLE;
  • good quality chest compressions in treatment of persistent VF/VT or PEA/asystole;
  • tracheal intubation - reliable means to secure the airway;
  • airway and ventilation - impossible in restarting the heart without adequate oxygenation;
  • ALS algorithm - guide for actions to take and decisions to make in cardiac arrest patients

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aims

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Shockable Rhythms: VF/VT

  • Non-Shockable Rhythms: PEA/asystole

  • Review of Learning

  • Conclusion

  • References