How is adult ACLS defined in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Although management of cardiac arrest begins with BLS and progresses sequentially through the links of the chain of survival, there is some overlap as each stage of care progresses to the next. Generally, in the three guidelines, ACLS comprises the level of care between BLS and post–cardiac arrest care.

The ERC 2015 updates emphasize care delivery with revised recommendations focused on improving outcomes and do not include any major changes in core ACLS interventions since the 2010 guidelines. [47]


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