Oct 31, 2016
Summarizing the ACLS Algorithm to be followed after successful resuscitation.
As it’s name suggests, the Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Algorithm portrays the systematic approach that should be taken with patients after ROSC (Return of Spontaneous Circulation). The level of importance placed on this particular algorithm has grown steadily as we have developed a better understanding of the correlation between optimal post-cardiac arrest practices and an increased likelihood of survival.
Achieving ROSC is the first and most important step in overcoming cardiac arrest. However, it is only part of the battle, as merely restoring a normal heart rhythm does not ensure survival – and certainly doesn’t ensure a full recovery. That is where this particular ACLS Algorithm comes into play.
The Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Algorithm focuses on four main areas:
- Optimizing ventilation and oxygenation
- Treating hypotension
- Consideration of therapeutic hypothermia
- Instituting coronary reperfusion strategies
For a more detailed, step-by-step description of the Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Algorithm, see below: