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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, BLS, ACLS

P P Saramma, L Suja Raj, P K Dash, P S Sarma
CONTEXT: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care guidelines are periodically renewed and published by the American Heart Association. Formal training programs are conducted based on these guidelines. Despite widespread training CPR is often poorly performed. Hospital educators spend a significant amount of time and money in training health professionals and maintaining basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills among them. However, very little data are available in the literature highlighting the long-term impact of these training...
April 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
P Howell, I Tennant, R Augier, G Gordon-Strachan, H Harding-Goldson
OBJECTIVE: To determine physicians' knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Jamaica, and their current certification status in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), paediatric advanced life support (PALS) and advanced trauma life support (ATLS). METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. A 23-item self-administered questionnaire was used to assess physicians practising at the UHWI, from the Departments of Anaesthesia, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Accident and Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Oncology...
December 2014: West Indian Medical Journal
Muralidhar Joshi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiac arrest has multifactorial aetiology and the outcome depends on timely and correct interventions. We decided to investigate the circumstances, incidence and outcome of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at a tertiary hospital in India, in relation to various factors, including extensive basic life support and advanced cardiac life support training programme for all nurses and doctors. METHODS: It has been over a decade and a half with periodical updates and implementation of newer guidelines prepared by various societies across the world about CPR for both in-hospital and out-of hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA and OHCA)...
January 2015: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Byung Kook Lee, Kyung Woon Jeung, Sung Soo Choi, Sang Wook Park, Seong Woo Yun, Sung Min Lee, Nan Yeol Kim, Tag Heo, Yong Il Min
AIM OF THE STUDY: Ischaemic contracture compromises the haemodynamic effectiveness of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and resuscitability. 2,3-Butanedione monoxime (BDM) reduced ischaemic contracture by inhibiting actin-myosin crossbridge formation in an isolated heart model. We investigated the effects of BDM on ischaemic contracture and resuscitation outcomes in a pig model of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). METHODS: After 15min of untreated ventricular fibrillation, followed by 8min of basic life support, 16 pigs were randomised to receive either 2mlkg(-1) of BDM solution (25gl(-1)) or 2mlkg(-1) of saline during advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)...
February 2015: Resuscitation
Bradley J Wagner, Nancy S Yunker
Cardiac arrest is manifested by arrhythmias (ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia, pulseless electrical activity, or asystole) resulting in minimal to no forward blood flow to the body's oxygen-dependent tissues. Defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be initiated immediately as they have been shown to increase return of spontaneous circulation and survival to discharge rates. Cardiac arrest in the surgical patient population has devastating consequences. Data specific to the surgical patient found that 1 in 203 surgical patients experienced cardiac arrest requiring CPR within 30 days after surgery...
July 2014: Plastic Surgical Nursing
Geoffrey K Lighthall, Michael Mayette, T Kyle Harrison
BACKGROUND: Despite widespread training in basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) among hospital personnel, the likelihood of survival from in-hospital cardiac arrests remains low. In 2006 a university-affiliated tertiary medical center initiated a cardiopulmonary (CPR) resuscitation redesign project. REDESIGNING THE HOSPITAL'S RESUSCITATION SYSTEM: The CPR Committee developed the interventions on the basis of a large-scale view of the process of delivering BLS and ACLS, identification of key decision nodes and actions, and compartmentalization of specific functions...
April 2013: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Kanwalpreet Sodhi, Manender Kumar Singla, Anupam Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: Guidelines on performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have been published from time to time, and formal training programs are conducted based on these guidelines. Very few data are available in world literature highlighting the impact of these trainings on CPR outcome. AIM: The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of the American Heart Association (AHA)-certified basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) provider course on the outcomes of CPR in our hospital...
October 2011: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Akira Nishisaki, Matthew R Maltese, Dana E Niles, Robert M Sutton, Javier Urbano, Robert A Berg, Vinay M Nadkarni
AIM: Determine the impact of backboard placement, torso weight and bed compression on chest compression (CC) depth feedback in simulated cardiac arrest patients. METHODS: Epochs of 50 high quality CCs with real-time feedback of sternum-to-spine compression depth were provided by a blinded BLS/ACLS/PALS certified provider on manikins of two torso weights (25 vs. 50 kg), using three bed surfaces (stretcher, Stryker hospital bed with Impression mattress, soft Total Care ICU bed), with/without a backboard (BB)...
August 2012: Resuscitation
Roger E Alexander
Approximately every 5 years, American Heart Association (AHA) experts review emerging scientific evidence and recent clinical experiences and update the AHA guidelines for basic and advanced life support procedures for in-hospital and out-of-hospital victims of life-threatening cardiac events. This article summarizes many of the 2010 changes in those guidelines as they apply to dental healthcare providers (HCP). More detailed information will be available in the near future as these guidelines are fully implemented and instructional materials are released by the AHA...
March 2011: Texas Dental Journal
Becky Spencer, Jisha Chacko, Donna Sallee
The American Heart Association (AHA) has a strong commitment to implementing scientific research-based interventions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. This article presents the 2010 AHA major guideline changes to pediatric basic life support (BLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and the rationale for the changes. The following topics are covered in this article: (1) current understanding of cardiac arrest in the pediatric population, (2) major changes in pediatric BLS, and (3) major changes in PALS...
June 2011: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
G Bakalos, M Mamali, C Komninos, E Koukou, A Tsantilas, S Tzima, T Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: The scientific evidence of a beneficial effect of ALS in pre-hospital treatment in trauma patients or patients with any acute illness is scarce. The objective of this systematic review of controlled studies was to examine whether ALS, as opposed to BLS, increases patient survival in pre-hospital treatment and if so, to identify the patient groups that gain benefit. METHODS: A systematic review of studies published in the databases Medline (PubMed), EMBASE, Cochrane Library and Scopus up to July 31st, 2010...
September 2011: Resuscitation
Christina Passali, Ioannis Pantazopoulos, Ismene Dontas, Anastasia Patsaki, Dimitris Barouxis, Georgios Troupis, Theodoros Xanthos
Lack of resuscitation skills of nurses and doctors in basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) has been identified as a contributing factor to poor outcomes of cardiac arrest victims. Our hypothesis was that nurses' and doctors' knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines would be related to their professional background as well as their resuscitation training. A secondary aim of this study was to assess and compare the theoretical knowledge on BLS and ALS in nurses and doctors. A total of 82 nurses and 134 doctors agreed to respond to a questionnaire containing demographic questions, resuscitation experience questions and 15 theoretical knowledge questions...
November 2011: Nurse Education in Practice
Olli-Pekka Ryynänen, Timo Iirola, Janne Reitala, Heikki Pälve, Antti Malmivaara
BACKGROUND: Prehospital care is classified into ALS- (advanced life support) and BLS- (basic life support) levels according to the methods used. ALS-level prehospital care uses invasive methods, such as intravenous fluids, medications and intubation. However, the effectiveness of ALS care compared to BLS has been questionable. AIM: The aim of this systematic review is to compare the effectiveness of ALS- and BLS-level prehospital care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a systematic review, articles where ALS-level prehospital care was compared to BLS-level or any other treatment were included...
2010: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
David M Barash, Richard P Raymond, Qing Tan, Annemarie E Silver
BACKGROUND: Chest compression interruptions are detrimental during the resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients, especially immediately prior to shock delivery. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of use of a new defibrillator technology, which filters compression-induced artifact and provides reliable rhythm analysis with automatic defibrillator charging during chest compressions, on preshock chest compression interruption. METHODS: Thirty subjects (20 basic life support [BLS]; 10 advanced life support [ALS]) worked in pairs to perform two randomly ordered simulated cardiac resuscitations with the defibrillator operating in either standard mode (ALS = manual; BLS = automated external defibrillator [AED]) or the new Analysis and Charging during CPR (AC-CPR) mode...
January 2011: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jerzy Wegielnik, Sebastian Dabrowski, Wioletta Medrzycka-Dabrowska, Andrzej Basiński et al.
Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation is a life-saving technique that should be familiar to all people, even those without medical education. There are two basic life-saving levels: BLS (Basic Life Support) and ALS (Advanced Life Support). ALS a medical procedure that is restricted to medical practitioners. Cessation of circulation may happen to anyone. Cardiac arrest in case of pregnant women is a very specific state. The cause of life-threatening states during pregnancy can be connected with new infections, exacerbation of chronic diseases, as well as changes connected with the pregnancy itself...
August 2010: Ginekologia Polska
Lucas A Myers, Christopher S Russi, Jeffery L Schultz
INTRODUCTION: In rural Minnesota, it is common for paramedics providing advanced life support (ALS) to rendezvous with ambulances providing only basic life support (BLS). These "intercepts" presumably allow for a higher level of care when patients have certain problems or need ALS interventions. The aim of this study was to review and understand the frequency of paramedic intercepts with regard to the actual care rendered and transport urgency (lights and sirens vs. none). METHODS: All paramedic intercepts occurring between January 2003 and December 2007 for one multi-site emergency medical services (EMS) provider were reviewed for ALS interventions and treatments provided...
March 2010: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Sandro Gonçalves de Lima, Larissa Araripe de Macedo, Marcela de Lima Vidal, Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira Sá
BACKGROUND: The theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the Basic Life Support (BLS) and the Advanced Life Support (ALS) are among the most important determining factors of the cardiopulmonary reanimation success rates. OBJECTIVE: Assess the impact of a permanent training program in BLS and ALS on the knowledge of nursing professionals. METHOD: Cross-sectional study. Population was made of nursing professionals of a tertiary level hospital...
December 2009: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Christian Martin-Gill, Francis X Guyette, Jon C Rittenberger
BACKGROUND: There is no consensus among emergency medical services (EMS) systems as to the optimal numbers and training of EMS providers who respond to the scene of prehospital cardiac arrests. Increased numbers of providers may improve the performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but this has not been studied as part of a comprehensive resuscitation scenario. OBJECTIVE: To compare different all-paramedic crew size configurations on objective measures of patient resuscitation using a high-fidelity human simulator...
April 2010: Prehospital Emergency Care
David L Rodgers, Farhan Bhanji, Barbara R McKee
OBJECTIVE: Both a written cognitive knowledge evaluation and a practical evaluation that tests psychomotor skills, cognitive knowledge, and affective behaviors such as leadership and team skills are required for successful completion of American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course. The 2005 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations noted that in Basic Life Support (BLS) there is little to no correlation between written and practical skills...
April 2010: Resuscitation
David T Markel, Laura S Gold, Carol E Fahrenbruch, Mickey S Eisenberg
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the interval between the arrival of basic life support (BLS) providers and the arrival of advanced life support (ALS) providers is associated with patient outcome after cardiac arrest. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all witnessed, out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation (VF) cardiac arrests between January 1, 1991, and December 31, 2007. Eligible patients (n = 1,781) received full resuscitation efforts from both BLS and ALS providers...
July 2009: Prehospital Emergency Care
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