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ACLS Study Guide, 4e 4th Edition

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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: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ohio Nurse on 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 nursing...now 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Kraemer on 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Miki Haas on April 18, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Kircher on 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 By C. Guiles on 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 By NIck on January 24, 2013
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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 By Ronnie on July 29, 2012
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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 By Mel on January 11, 2013
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I am using this book to study for my renewal. It is clear, and straightforward in the information and presentation. I like it better than the other resources I have looked at so far.
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