Oct 10, 2016
A quick look at the most important ACLS algorithm.
Due to the frequency of its use, the Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm is perhaps the most significant of all the ACLS algorithms. This particular algorithm will likely be used more than any other ACLS algorithm to treat patients who are experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Therefore, mastering this ACLS algorithm is crucial.
Prior to progressing through the Cardiac Arrest Algorithm, the BLS Survey should have been conducted and CPR should be initiated. From there, determining whether the rhythm is shockable will guide you down one of two possible paths for treating Asystole/PEA (shockable) or VF/pVT (shockable) respectively.
For more detailed information, refer to the Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm below: