Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) has been expanded to include immediate care in the emergency department and patients found unresponsive anywhere in the hospital. A-ACLS was created to address the unique aspects of the perioperative/periprocedural setting and includes multiple scenarios where participants have the opportunity to make "first response" decisions to cardiac situations in the OR.
The course objectives are to help you improve your awareness, knowledge and skills in identifying signs and symptoms, and outlining appropriate measures for managing crisis situations in the OR.
At the completion of the course, you will be able to:
1. Identify rare and complex, pre-arrest, circulatory crises that require immediate response in the perioperative setting.
2. Manage various forms of shock, that may devolve into cardiac arrest.
3. Apply principles of monitoring and management of ventilation, gas trapping, and resuscitation to hemodynamic instability and cardiac arrest.
4. Outline treatment for common tachy- and bradydysrhythmias, including pump shock, airway management, and hypovolemia.
5. Manage special causes of cardiac arrest including anaphylaxis, gas embolism, and malignant hyperthermia.
Talia Ben-Jacob, M.D., Mark Nunnally, M.D., FCCM, Michael O'Connor, M.D., David Stahl, M.D., Kevin Evans, M.D., Roshni Sreedharan, M.D., Vivek Moitra, M.D., MHA, FCCM, Marian Von-Maszewski M.D., and Jason Anderson CRNA, MSNA, have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Ashish Khanna, M.D., FCCP, has reported receiving consulting fees and honoraria from Medtronic and has reported receiving funded research, consulting fees, and honoraria from La Jolia Pharmaceuticals.
Gerry Higgins and Kenneth King have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 5.75 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1036335; Expiration Date 4/24/2019.
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
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