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EMTs can find themselves in critical situations that require advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Although EMTs are not trained to provide advanced-level skills, there is much they can do to improve the quality of management, and thus the patient's chance for survival by understanding ACLS and facilitating its administration by ALS providers.

Teamwork is the cornerstone of ACLS care. Advanced life support can only function on a foundation of solid, ongoing basic life support practices. As such, an understanding of the principles of advanced life support will enhance the ability of EMTs to work in collaboration to increase the survival rates of patients. Most importantly, better teamwork will improve care not only during cardiac arrests, but also during all emergency calls.

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Smith (emergency medical and health services, Tacoma Community College) acquaints emergency medical technicians with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), to enhance their role in the emergency medical services team. He explains airway evaluation and control; the cardiac continuum of care, including the progression of cardiac disease and assessment of the patient; heart rhythms; electrical interventions in cardiac care; the fundamentals of cardiac pharmacology and common drugs; challenging resuscitation situations, such as stroke, hypothermia, electrical injuries, lightning-related injuries, and drug-related emergencies; legal considerations; stress and self-care; and putting all the components together in the context of an emergency ACLS call. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Burlington, MA : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2013
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781449628901
Characteristics: vii, 114 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: ACLS for EMT-basics


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