ACLS Abbreviations You Need To Know

Posted by Adam Rapp | ACLS

Aug 12, 2019

This list of every important abbreviation or acronym you might come across during your ACLS exam is the perfect study tool to have by your side.


When taking your Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) exam, being able to understand all the abbreviations – and there are a lot of them – is vital. Luckily, a vast majority of them are very general, which you likely learned your first year in school. Those are second nature by now. However, there are some you might not be as familiar with.

  

That’s where this list will come in handy.

  

If you’re taking your ACLS online, having this list open while you’re taking your exam can be a major time-saver. The less time you have to spend flipping back-and-forth through the course material, the quicker you’ll be certified!  

  

ACLS Abbreviations You Need To Know | eMedCert  

Below are all of the abbreviations and acronyms you might come across during your ACLS course:


  

ABCD | Airway, breathing, circulation, differential diagnosis

ACE | Angiotensin-converting enzyme

ACLS | Advanced cardiovascular life support

ACS | Acute coronary syndrome

AED | Automated external defibrillator

AHA | American Heart Association

AHF | Acute heart failure

AICD | Automated Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

AMI | Acute myocardial infarction

AV | Atrioventricular

BLS | Basic life support

BP | Blood pressure

CAB | Circulation, airway, breathing

CHF | Congestive heart failure

CPR | Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CPSS | Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale

CT | Computed tomography

DNAR | Do not attempt resuscitation

ECG | Electrocardiogram

ECPR | Extracorporeal CPR

ED | Emergency Department

EMS | Emergency medical services

ET | Endotracheal

FDA | Food and Drug Administration

FAST | Facial droop, arm drift, speech, time

GI | Gastrointestinal

ICU | Intensive care unit

IHCA | In-hospital cardiac arrest

ILE | Intravenous lipid emulsion

IN | Intranasal

IM | Intramuscular

IO | Intraosseous

IV | Intravenous

LMA | Laryngeal Mask Airway

LV | Left ventricle

mA | Millaperes

MACE | Major adverse cardiac events

MAP | Mean arterial pressure

MI | myocardial infarction

mmHG | Millimeters of mercury

NIH | National Institutes of Health

NIHSS | National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale

NINDS | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

NPA | Nasopharyngeal airway

NSTEMI | Non-ST segment myocardial infarction

OHCA | Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

OPA | Oropharyngeal airway

PAD | Public Access Defibrillation

PCI | Percutaneous coronary intervention

PE | Pulmonary embolism

PEA | Pulseless electrical activity

PETCO2 | Partial pressure of end-tidal carbon dioxide

PPCI | Primary percutaneous coronary intervention

PSVT | Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia

PT | Prothrombin time

PVCs | Premature ventricular contractions

pVT | Pulseless ventricular tachycardia

ROSC | Return of spontaneous circulation

RRT | Rapid response team

RV | Right ventricle

SBP | Systolic blood pressure

STEMI | ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

SVO2 | Central venous oxygen saturation

SVT | Supraventricular tachycardia

TCP | transcutaneous pacing

TIMI | Thrombolysis in myocardial infarction

TTM | targeted temperature management

UA | Unstable angina

VF / V-Fib | Ventricular fibrillation

VT | Ventricular tachycardia