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What the AED Is Telling Us


Upon conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe basic cardiac physiology and the electrical, mechanical and hydraulic functions of the heart; 
  • Demonstrate comprehension of AED technology and protocols;
  • Understand and differentiate between common shockable and nonshockable cardiac rhythms;
  • Use rhythms to guide clinical decision making in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Resources H’s and T’s of ACLS, 

Arias E, Xu J. United States Life Tables, 2017. National Vital Statistics Reports, 2019; 68(7).  

Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival. 2019 Annual Report, 

Delgado H. Toquero J, Mitroi C, Castro V, Lozano IF. Principles of External Defibrillators. IntechOpen, 2013; 

Mayo Clinic. Ventricular fibrillation, 

Mayo Clinic. Ventricular tachycardia, 

Oliver TI, Sadiq U, Grossman SA. Pulseless Electrical Activity. StatPearls [Internet], 2020; 

SaveaLife by NHCPS. Pulseless Electrical Activity Asystole, 

SaveaLife by NHCPS. Ventricular fibrillation and Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia,

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