How do you pass the ACLS test?


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To pass the Advanced Cardiac Life Support test, or the ACLS test, review the information from the certification course, including the case scenarios, memorizing algorithms, reviewing medications and doses, reviewing the H's and T's and memorizing basic ECG analysis. Practice tests are available to familiarize students with question structure.

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Many ACLS courses showcase specific case scenarios that are common in medical careers. Each scenario is an example of the evolving procedures and improved practices in medical technology, which is why they are the go-to scenarios for certification. The student must thoroughly understand the symptoms and treatment procedures of each scenario presented during the course for the exam.

Algorithms are the flow of the procedures to follow in treatment. Students must know each algorithm presented in the course or materials completely. Some of the algorithms to memorize are asystole, bradycardia and tachycardia. In addition to these, identifying medications and doses for particular scenarios is necessary to pass the exam. A popular method to memorize these is to use a mnemonic device that is easily retained for a long period of time.

Remembering the H's and T's is simply knowing the causes of a presented scenario. Some of the H's are hypoxia, hypovolemia and hypothermia. Some of the T's are toxins, thrombosis and tamponade. Understanding ECGs is essential as a medical professional, as well. Understanding how to read an ECG is a practical part of the ACLS.

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