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ACLS Study Guide, 4e [Paperback]

Barbara Aehlert
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January 2, 2012 0323084494 978-0323084499 4

Reflecting the 2010 Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines, ACLS Study Guide, 4th Edition offers a complete, full-color overview of advanced cardiovascular life support. An easy-to-read approach covers everything from airway management and rhythms and their management to electrical therapy, acute coronary syndromes, and acute stroke. In addition to the latest ACLS treatment algorithms, this edition includes new case studies, new photos and illustrations, a heart rate ruler, and a handy ACLS quick-reference card for use in the field. Written by Barbara Aehlert, ACLS Study Guide is the official textbook for the American Safety & Health Institute ACLS certification course.

  • A pretest and posttest -- each containing 50 questions with answers and rationales -- allow you to check your knowledge prior to and after your study.
  • Chapter objectives preview the main points in each chapter.
  • Stop and Review sections at the end of the chapters help you remember the most important information.
  • ACLS Pearls boxes offer key points and useful tips for clinical practice.
  • Keeping it Simple boxes provide essential information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ten case studies present real-life clinical situations, allowing you to make decisions based on information in the Preparatory section.
  • Consistent format of case studies includes Objective, Skills to Master, Rhythms to Master, Medications to Master, Related Text Chapters, Essential Actions, and Unacceptable Actions.
  • A heart rate ruler is included to help you interpret ECGs.
  • 4 x 6 pocket-size quick-reference card contains key ACLS algorithms for field use.
  • 100 new and updated photos and illustrations show key ACLS procedures and equipment.

  • Pharmacological interventions are integrated into the chapters for a more cohesive learning experience.

  • New streamlined approach reduces the number of pages and simplifies the information you need to know.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 4 edition (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323084494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323084499
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have been a registered nurse for more than 35 years with clinical experience in medical/surgical and critical care nursing and, for the past 24 years, in prehospital education. I am an active CPR, First Aid, Paramedic, ACLS, and PALS instructor and particularly enjoy teaching basic dysrhythmia recognition and ACLS to nurses and paramedics.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ACLS guide (and so much more) December 30, 2011
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Ms. Aehlert's study guide gets better and better with each update. The 4th edition reflects best practices derived from current evidence, including the latest AHA guidelines. The content and prose is accessible for nurses and other health care providers, from novice to expert. I've taken ACLS 10 times in my 20+ years of emergency I teach ACLS for AHA. I have myriad resources at my disposal, but Aehlert's ACLS Study Guide is always my first and foremost reference for salient content. Bottom line: this is the resource book you need to pass ACLS, as well as build your overall fund of knowledge for emergency cardiac care.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I would recommend the book as it offers a excellent review for ACLS certification/recert. The book alone could adequately prepare one to successfully past the test. It also provides you with access to online study tools.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong statements June 16, 2012
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This is a very useful, easy reading and understanding book, indeed!

However, pay attention to this:

1- On page 309 (Case Studies, Case 3: Pulseless VT/FV):

"*Coach: The shock has been delivered. A team member calls your attention to a rhythm change on the cardiac monitor. What is the rhythm on the monitor (Figure 7-4)*?

The monitor (Figure 7.4) shows a sinus rhythm with uniform premature ventricular complexes.

* Coach: What would you like to do next?*

Because there is an organized rhythm on the monitor, I will ask the CPR team member to stop CPR and check for a pulse."

The sequence above is not the one recommended. According to the current (2010) AHA Guidelines, immediately after the shock you should NOT check rhythm or pulse, i.e., CPR should be resumed immediately after the shock, starting with chest compressions. Checking the rhythm and pulse (if and organized rhythm is noted on the monitor) should be done only after 5 cycles of 30:2 (or after about 2 minutes, if any advanced airway in place). After the shock, one should not delay or stop CPR to check for a rhythm or pulse, even if the rhythm on the monitor is or seems to be an organized one (sinus or whatever). AHA emphasizes: do not check rhythm or pulse just after shocking. Restart CPR immediately instead.

The text should be like this:

"*Coach: The shock has been delivered. After 5 cycles of CPR (about two minutes), a team member calls your attention to a rhythm change on the cardiac monitor. What is the rhythm on the monitor (Figure 7-4)*?

The monitor (Figure 7.4) shows a sinus rhythm with uniform premature ventricular complexes.

* Coach: What would you like to do next?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Advice on Kindle edition May 12, 2013
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I purchased the Kindle version of this text, primarily because I didn't want the inconvenience of lugging around a text book. I read nearly the entire text on the Paper White version of the Kindle and it was very difficult to view the numerous charts, illustrations, and algorhythms presented in the text. Since the knowledge of the ACLS algorhythms are so important in passing the various certification related tests, I was frequently consulting other printed materials, which sort of defeated the main reason that I purchased the Kindle version.

About two weeks after I purchased the Kindle edition, it occurred to me that I could read it with the Kindle software on my Asus tablet with a 10" color screen. It made all of the difference in the world. The text is much easier to read, as are the illustrations, charts, and algorhythms. In addition, the fact that nearly all of the non text parts of the edition are in color makes it seem like one is reading the paper edition of the text. The fact that I have a number of AHA ACLS related PDF files on my tablet to provide additional easily referenced documents makes the Asus tablet a great book shelf for preparing for certification.

In closing, if you are considering purchasing the Kindle version of this text, I would only advise doing so if you have a color tablet or color Kindle to view it. The limits of the Paper White Kindle make it such that I would not advise it as a medium to view the text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best out of many April 3, 2013
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I have been working through cardiology for my paramedic and we have our textbook, a 12 lead book, several dysrhythmia books, and this one. So far this is the best of all...current medication therapy, easy to understand explanations, and concise boxes of what you really need to know info.
Every book has its flaws and typos, but so far VERY impressed with this text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paramedic I/C January 24, 2013
By NIck
Excellent text! Exhaustive review of the material and accurate. Better than the AHA provider manual as explanations are given for why you are performing the task that you are. Much better foundation for learning. AHA text is double the price with less than half the information presented here! Good job, Barbara! Those giving one star - OPEN the book and read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACLS Study guide July 29, 2012
By Ronnie
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I had the 3rd edition and it was packed with great ACLS info. This appears to have that wirh the current AHA guidelines. It adds so much to the information in the AHA ACLS text. Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect May 2, 2013
By Kelsey
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book is great- helped a lot for ACLS recert. Lots of good info - I could have taught the class when I got done with this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you for making me pass my ACLS Recertification with the highest score! Like most authors, this one is the best.
Published 22 days ago by Peter J. Ortiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for ACLS
This was a much better study guide than AHA 2010 Handbook. It is well written and easy to follow and contains practice tests and simulation cases. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Anne Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Helping
This book will not help you much than the (red book) AHA provider manual, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. It is OK to read but I do not think it help for the ACLS exam.
Published 1 month ago by C. Lam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great- lets see if it helps
These is a very well written book and appears to be extremely comprehensive.
The book also included a pocket guide and a calibration ruler.
Published 1 month ago by helen m jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for an in-depth understanding of ACLS.
This is a great book . . . for anyone who wants to delve deeply into ACLS. For the beginner (i.e., someone looking to get certified for the first time), this book might be a little... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NL
4.0 out of 5 stars easier to carry vs hard copy
information is accurate and concise for what you need to know. However, I have a kindle app for my PC and iPad and the compatability is a little off. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zachary Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book Quality book enjoy it . I would definitely buy it again and will anticipate buying more as needed other varieties of this when needed Glenn
Published 4 months ago by glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars ACLS Study Guide
Up to date, excellent format, easy to read and very informative
I would recommend this to all who require ACLS recerts or first time applicants
Published 5 months ago by John S. Hatzimichaels
5.0 out of 5 stars ACLU review guide
This was excellent to study prepping for class I was anticipating. Then I loaned to a friend to use also
Published 6 months ago by margaret yvonne poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Review.
Love This book. Quick Review. But, don't rely on the questions in the textbook because those questions are just theotical base, not NCLEX questions,
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