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ACLS Quiz #1


ACLS General Test Questions

This ACLS Quiz covers general information that may be found on the ACLS written test. 10 questions.

ACLS Quiz #1

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1. Success of any resuscitation attempt is built on:

2. The most important algorithm to know for adult resuscitation is:

3. The systematic approach with a person in cardiac arrest should include the BLS survey and the ACLS survey?

4. While conducting the BLS Survey, you should do all of the following except:

5. According to new 2010 Guidelines for CPR, which of the following is in the correct order for the patient with sudden cardiac arrest?

6. After providing a shock with an AED you should:

7. During CPR with no advanced airway in place the compression-to-ventilation ratio is:

8. During CPR after an advanced airway is in place, which of the following is true:

9. The most important intervention with witnessed sudden cardiac arrest is:

10. Typically, suctioning attempts in ACLS situations should be:

  1. AHA ACLS manual pg. 11 & 59. CPR and defibrillation support the primary goal of BLS and ACLS which is to: “support and restore effective oxygenation, ventilation, and circulation with return of intact neurologic function.”
  2. AHA ACLS Manual pg. 60. Under the subheading: Overview it states: “The Cardiac Arrest Algorithm is the most important algorithm to know for adult resuscitation.”
  3. AHA ACLS Manual pg. 11. A systemic approach using the BLS and ACLS Survey ensures proper treatment/intervention for ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation).
  4. AHA ACLS Manual pg. 13 The BLS survey shown in a table on pg. 13 lists the 4 steps of the BLS Survey: 1. Check responsiveness; 2. Activate the emergency response system/get AED; 3. Circulation; and 4. Defibrillation. Note that opening the airway is not included in the BLS Survey.
  5. AHA ACLS Manual pg. 12. For BLS, emphasis has been placed on minimizing delays in chest compressions.
  6. AHA ACLS manual pg. 13. Step #4 in the BLS Survey states: “*Follow each shock immediately with CPR, beginning with compressions.”
  7. AHA ACLS manual pg. 63. “A cycle consists of 30 compressions followed by 2 ventilations in the patient without an advanced airway.”
  8. AHA ACLS manual pg. 48. “…Once an advanced airway is in place, chest compressions are no longer interrupted for ventilations…When ventilating through a properly placed advanced airway, give 1 breath every 6 to 8 seconds.”
  9. AHA ACLS manual pg. 54. The earlier the defibrillation occurs, the higher the survival rate.
  10. AHA ACLS manual pg. 46. “Suctions attempts should not exceed 10 seconds.”

  196 Responses to “ACLS Quiz #1”

  1. got 9/10. good to go through this before the test

  2. so great, i actually refreshed my memory. i love this!!!

  3. you cant shock asystole so you need to compress.

    • The most common rhythm seen with sudden witness cardiac arrest is not asystole. It is ventricular fibrillation. Therefore, the most important consideration is early defibrillation.
      Kind regards,

  4. I found it was very helpful. I liked that you get immediate feed back for correct answer before proceeding to next question.

  5. I was confused by the term “cardiac arrest” in question 9. Does that not include asystole which would not include defibrillation?
    Love this sight, it’s the second time I have used for ACLS! Many thanks

    • Question #9 reads: “9. The most important intervention with witnessed sudden cardiac arrest is:”
      The most likely cause of witnessed sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation which is treated with defibrillation. Vary rarely will you see asystole with sudden cardiac arrest. Asystole is ventricular standstill, and this usually occurs long after a patient has gone through VF or pulseless VT.

      Kind regards,

  6. Hi Jeff, …………..Glad I found your website yesterday ! taking ACLS in 2 more days…….beginning to feel more at ease now that I started taking the quizzes with the ability to immediately find the rationales for those questions I may miss ……..this website will save the day for me………….. Thank you !!!!!!

  7. On question 4, rationale states that “open airway is not included in the BLS survey” but in question 5, open airway is in the correct answer. Which is which?

  8. Good

  9. Great site , good prep for my ACLS Course later this month. As a UK Medic and having completed the UK Advanced Life Support this type of online learning is something that is very much lacking for the UK Resus Council .

  10. This information is definitely preparing me for my ACLS exam this month! Thank you for the review!!

  11. I found this test so helpful. Helped me in preparing for my ACLS recertification.

    Thanks guys

  12. First test very Informative.The rationale was helpful.

  13. Same as above


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