ACLS Review: Pearls of Wisdom 3rd Edition (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)

Congratulations! ACLS Review: Pearls of Wisdom will help you pass the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course of the American Heart Association. This book’s unique format differs from all other review and test preparation texts. Let us begin, then, with a few words on purpose, format, and use. The primary intent of this book is to serve as a rapid review of ACLS principles and serve as a study aid to improve performance on the ACLS written and practical examinations.With this goal in mind, the text is written in rapid-fire, question/answer format. The student receives immediate gratification with a correct answer. Questions themselves often contain a “pearl” reinforced in association with the question/answer. 

Additional hooks are often attached to the answer in various forms, including mnemonics, evoked visual imagery, repetition, and humor. Additional information not requested in the question may be included in the answer. The same information is often sought in several different questions. Emphasis has been placed on evoking both trivia and key facts that are easily overlooked, are quickly forgotten, and yet somehow always seem to appear on ACLS exams. 

Many questions have answers without explanations. This is done to enhance ease of reading and rate of learning. Explanations often occur in a later question/answer. It may happen that upon reading an answer the reader may think—“Hmm, why is that?” Or, “Are you sure?” If this happens to you, GO CHECK! Truly assimilating these disparate facts into a framework of knowledge absolutely requires further reading in the surrounding concepts. Information learned, as a response to seeking an answer to a particular question is much better retained than that passively read. Take advantage of this. Use ACLS Review with your ACLS text handy and open, or, if you are reviewing on train, plane, or camelback, mark questions for further investigation.

ACLS Review risks accuracy by aggressively pruning complex concepts down to the simplest kernel. The dynamic knowledge base and clinical practice of medicine is not like that! The information taken as “correct” is that indicated in the ACLS American Heart Association text. New research and practice occasionally deviates from that which likely represents the “right” answers for test purposes. In such cases we have selected the information that we believe is most likely “correct” for test purposes, which most closely conforms to the ACLS curriculum. This text is designed to maximize your score on a test. Refer to the ACLS text for further information and your mentors for direction on current practice.

ACLS Review is designed to be used, not just read. It is an interactive text. Use a 3 × 5 card and cover the answers; attempt all questions. A study method we strongly recommend is oral, group study, preferably over an extended meal or pitchers. The mechanics of this method are simple and no one ever appears stupid. One person holds ACLS Review, with answers covered, and reads the question.

Each person, including the reader, says “Check!” when he or she has an answer in mind. After everyone has “checked” in, someone states his or her answer. If this answer is correct, on to the next one. If not, another person states his or her answer, or the answer can be read. Usually, the person who “checks” in first gets the first shot at stating the answer. If this person is being a smarty-pants answer-hog, then others can take turns. Try it—it’s almost fun!

ACLS Review is also designed to be reused several times to allow, dare we use the word, memorization. One coeditor (Plantz), a pessimist, suggests putting a check mark beside the question every time a question is missed. If you have two checks on reuse of ACLS Review, forget this question! You will get it wrong on the exam! Another suggestion is to place a check mark when the question is answered correctly once; skip all questions with check marks thereafter. Follow whatever scheme you prefer.

  • 1. Airway Management
  • 2. Arrhythmias, Defibrillation, and Pacing
  • 3. IV Access, Resuscitation, Circulation, and Monitoring
  • 4. Myocardial Infarction and Stroke
  • 5. Post-Test
  • 6. Pharmacology
  • 7. Algorithm Protocols
  • Bibliography

Book Details

  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange; 3 edition (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071492577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071492577 
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
List Price: $26.95 

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