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Complete answers to the ACLS Review Study Questions to help clarify subtle important parts of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course are fond in the study guide. Know the simple answers to all of the questions found in the ACLS Student Manual: Written Test Survival and you will easily pass the ACLS written test.

          ACLS Review: Sample Cardiac Questions
          ACLS Review: Sample Stroke Questions

                Answers to all questions, plus hundreds of more questions
                are found in the ACLS Study Guide: Written Test Survival


ACLS Study Guide: Megacode Survival is essential in passing (surviving) the simulated megacode. You will also find an introduction to reading EKG's and much more.



81. What would be considered "excessive ventilation"?

82. What does the AHA recommend as the most reliable method of confirming and monitoring correct placement of an advanced airway?

83. What do CPR and ECC stand for?

84. What is the MOST common upper airway obstruction in the unconscious/unresponsive patient?

85. What is the basic airway opening technique to relieve the MOST common upper airway obstruction in the unconscious/unresponsive patient?

86. What precaution should you take when using the basic airway opening technique?

87. Is the jaw thrust maneuver taught to everybody?

88. What do you do if you suspect a cervical spine injury when the jaw thrust maneuver does not work?

89. What is the simplest way to help a person having difficulty, but can breathe spontaneously?

90. What is a basic way to maintain an airway in an unconscious patient?

91. What do you do when you find an unconscious patient in respiratory arrest that was known to be choking?

92. What are the basic airway skills used to ventilate a patient?

93. What is the E-C clamp technique used during ventilation?

94. What is the two-rescuer method in using the bag-mask?

95. How much volume should you give when providing positive-pressure ventilation with a bag-mask?

96. How do you give supplementary oxygen while bagging the patient?

97. What type of connection sites are included on the bag-mask?

98. What is an OPA?

99. What type of patients should an OPA not be used?

100. What should you check before using an OPA?

101. What are some other useful functions of the OPA?

102. How do you insert an OPA?

103. What is the goal of placing an OPA?

104. How do you maintain an OPA?

105. How do you select the proper size of OPA?

106. What are the dangers of placing an OPA that is too large?

107. What are the dangers of placing an OPA that is too small?

108. What is an NPA?

109. What are the advantages of placing an NPA rather than an OPA?

110. When should an NPA be placed rather than an OPA?

111. How do you insert an NPA?

112. What do you do if you encounter resistance while inserting the NPA?

113. How do you select the proper size of NPA?

114. What are the dangers of placing an NPA that is too long?

115. What are possible complications in using the NPA?

116. How do you maintain an NPA after it is placed?

117. What precautions should you take whenever using an OPA or an NPA?

118. When should providers apply suctioning?

119. What is a disadvantage of a portable suctioning device?

120. What is the advantage of a wall-mounted suction device?

121. When is a soft catheter used in suctioning?

122. When is a rigid catheter used in suctioning?

123. What is the oropharyngeal suctioning procedure?

124. What is the ET tube suctioning procedure?

125. In what instances do you advance the tip of the catheter beyond the tip of the ET tube?

126. How long of a time should you suction?

127. What should you do prior to and following each suction attempt?

128. What should you monitor while suctioning?

129. What do you do if there is a change in the patient's status while suctioning?

130. Before intubation with an ET tube, what must you do?

131. Immediately after intubation with an ET tube, what must you do?

132. What is the role of cricoid pressure in cardiac arrest?

133. What is the role of cricoid pressure in non-arrest patients?

134. How are ventilations and chest compressions synchronized once the patient has an advanced airway placed?

135. How are ventilations and chest compressions synchronized once the patient has an advanced airway placed and also has a pulse?

136. What is the risk of cervical spine injury in patients requiring cervical imaging in the ED?

137. How should you open an airway in a patient with a suspected cervical spine injury?
What if this method is not effective?

138. How can another team member help in a patient with a suspected cervical spine injury while the first team member is attempting to open the airway?

139. When manipulating the airway, what type of immobilization device is recommended?

140. When are other immobilizations devices useful for trauma patients?

141. When using an AED, what rhythms must you know?

142. What are the steps you must know when using an AED?

143. What energy level do you set an AED when delivering a shock?

144. How does defibrillation restart the heart?

145. What role does the heart itself pay in restarting after defibrillation?

146. What is one of the most critical determinates of survival from cardiac arrest?

147. What is the most common rhythm in out-of-hospital witnessed sudden cardiac arrest?

148. How does CPR help with pulseless VT or VF?

149. Can CPR alone convert pulseless VT or VF to sinus rhythm?

150. When is survival from cardiac arrest the highest?

151. When bystander CPR is given to witnessed VF sudden cardiac arrest, how does the survival rate change?

152. When bystander CPR is NOT given to witnessed VF sudden cardiac arrest, how does the survival rate change?

153. What are two examples of inadequate breathing?

154. Where do you place an AED when it arrives?   Why?

155. What are the 4 universal steps for using an AED?

156. When you analyze the rhythm using an AED, what must you also do?

157. How long does an AED's rhythm analysis usually take?

158. When you are ready to deliver a shock using an AED, what must you also do?

159. How do you apply the AED pads?

160. If the patient is covered with water or sweat, can you put on AED pads?

                Answers to all questions, plus hundreds of more questions
                are found in the ACLS Student Manual: Written Test Survival





More ACLS Review:
             ACLS Guidelines Review: Algorithm Practice
             ACLS Guidelines Review: Rhythms
             ACLS Guidelines Review: Practice Questions
             ACLS Guidelines Review: Megacode Glossary






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