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When you study the ACLS Review: Study Questions you are given hundreds of questions with complete answers to assure your survival during (passing) the written test. The Study Guide is filled with hundreds of questions with answers. One section features questions for the cardiac portion of the course and one section concentrates on stroke issues.

ACLS Review: Practice Questions with Answers help direct you to areas that need more work. If you know the answers to these questions, you are assured to pass the written test. As you study, you are building a great foundation for your future. The questions with answers help clarify many subtle concepts of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course.

Sample Cardiac Practice Questions are shown below. This link is supplied to review some of the STROKE Review Questions: Sample Stroke Questions.

    Hundreds more practice questions with answers are included in the ACLS Student Manual.

1. In crisis management, what are the first three priorities?

2. What are the ways of maintaining an airway in an unconscious patient?

3. Name the types of advanced airways used.

4. What is the down side of placing an ET tube?

5. What must you do immediately after placing an advanced airway?

6. How do you confirm placement of an advanced airway?

7. When is supplementary oxygen indicated?

8. Under what conditions does pulse oximetry read high, but would still require supplemental oxygen?

9. How do you monitor the adequacy of ventilation and oxygenation?

10. What is important to avoid while ventilating?

11. Once intubated, what value will indicate that CPR is adequate?

12. What is the role of the team leader during the resuscitation?

13. What is the role of the team leader after the resuscitation?

14. What are the essentials of good quality CPR?

15. What is the difference in a team leader's focus and a team member's focus during a resuscitation?

16. How does closed loop communication work during a megacode?

17. What is vital for a team leader during a megacode?

18. What is the first thing a team member should do when the leader requests a medication be given?

19. When a team member has a doubt about the appropriateness a given order, what should the team member do?

20. What roles must be assigned by the team leader?

21. When should you call for assistance?

22. During the code, how should a team leader keep the team informed?

23. What are two things a team leader should always be looking for?

24. What are some of the most important words a team leader can say?

25. What is the Chain of Survival?

26. What are the parts of the Adult Chain of Survival?

27. What are the Utstein guidelines?

28. When should induced therapeutic hypothermia be used?

29. What are the guidelines for body temperatures when induced therapeutic hypothermia is applied?

30. During post-cardiac arrest care, what should be the goal of oxygen saturation?

31. Why should excessive ventilation be avoided?

32. How should post-cardiac arrest ventilation rates be titrated?

33. What is a reasonable post-cardiac arrest goal when titrating fluids and vasoactive or inotropic drugs to optimize blood pressure, cardiac output, and systemic perfusion?

34. Following ROSC, where should a patient be transferred?

35. Are PCI and hypothermia compatible?

36. What should be the goals of glycemic control post-cardiac arrest?

37. What are the survival rates from in-hospital cardiac arrest?

38. Do survival rates increase or decrease for in-hospital non-VT/VF arrests?

39. What are the responsibilities of a rapid response team?

40. What are other names used for a rapid response team?

41. How do you assist an adult patient in respiratory arrest with a pulse?

42. How do you check for responsiveness when arriving at a patient's side?

43. How do you initially check for breathing?

44. When the patient is not breathing what steps do you do first?

45. How do you check for a pulse?

46. What do you do if the patient has no pulse?

47. Do ventilations or compressions come first when you find a breathless, pulseless patient?

48. If you decide that the patient needs chest compressions, how are they delivered?

49. What are the NEW guidelines for the rate of chest compressions?

50. What are the NEW guidelines for the depth of chest compressions?

51. What is the maximum amount of time that chest compressions should be interrupted?

52. How often should the person giving chest compressions be relieved?

53. During respiratory arrest, what rate should ventilations be given with a bag-mask?

54. How long should it take to deliver a breath?

55. How are the chest compressions coordinated with ventilations prior to intubation?

56. During cardiac arrest, how should ventilations be given with a bag-mask?

57. How does the chest compression and ventilation ratio change after the patient is intubated?

58. Does the ventilation rate change after intubation?

59. What volume should be given during a manual ventilation?

60. When should you start defibrillation?

61. What pulseless rhythms are shockable?

62. What are the pulseless rhythms that are NOT shockable?

63. What should you do immediately after delivering a shock in a pulseless patient?

64. If the shock is given by AED rather than a by defibrillator, how does the first thing to do after delivering a shock change?

65. What is the rational for immediately starting chest compressions following a defibrillation?

66. When may you delay placing an advanced airway?

67. How do you maintain airway patency in an unconscious patient?

68. When should an OPA be avoided?

69. Which advanced airways can be placed without interrupting chest compressions?

70. When should the advanced airway be placed?

71. What is an adverse effect of placing an advanced airway?

72. Which advanced airways may be placed without interrupting chest compressions?

73. After placing an advanced airway, what must you do?

74. What should you do for a patient who has an advanced airway and is moved?

75. When is 100% oxygen needed?

76. How do you monitor the adequacy of ventilation and oxygenation?

77. To what type of monitors should you attach to a patient?

78. What is PETCO2?

79. What if the PETCO2 is < 10 mm Hg?

80. What would be extremely helpful at any time for any rhythm?

Click here for: ACLS Guidelines: More Review Questions

    Hundreds more questions with answers are included
        in the ACLS Student Manual: Written Test Survival.

More ACLS Guidelines Review:
             ACLS Guidelines: Algorithm Practice
             ACLS Guidelines: Cardiac Rhythms Strips
             ACLS Guidelines: ACLS Megacode Glossary
             ACLS Guidelines: Study Questions

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