ACLS Quiz #1

ACLS General Test Questions

This ACLS quiz covers general information that may be found on the ACLS written test.

  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."
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  1. Debbie says

    I think that question #9 needs to be addressed. As it is stated, it implies that if you witness sudden cardiac arrest, you should leave the victim and locate an AED. While I agree that an AED is necessary for resuscitation for V-fib or PVT, a first responder needs to know that initiating CPR is the most important 1st step. An AED is only part of the steps needed to be taken for early intervention. The first step, in my opinion, should be to initiate chest compressions. Understanding the possible reasons why most suffer cardiac arrest should not take precedence over the basics of witnessing someone suffer a cardiac event, and then conceivably deny them basic resuscitation. The AED would need to analyze before a shock would be delivered. If it determines a shock is not necessary, precious time would be wasted by not starting chest compressions. Hospital or non-hospital, an AED takes time to arrive on the scene. Maybe rewording this question would make better sense? Thanks for your consideration!

    • says

      Thanks for the insight and comment. This is definitely something that should be of importance. This question is a direct quote from the manual and is specifically talking about the most important intervention to achieve ROSC. Kind regards, Jeff

  2. Typhoon King says

    Tnx so much admin for creating this website, it really gives me a BIG help… Godbless u more…..

  3. goar0701 says

    Question # 8. I think this question needs to be more specific according with the scenario, because if the patient is in CARDIAC arrest he needs to receive 1 ventilation every 6 to 8 seconds (8-10 breaths/minute), but if the patient is in RESPIRATORY arrest he needs to receive 1 ventilation every 5 to 6 seconds (10 -12 breaths/minute)

    • janisemorris says

      However, if you are in respiratory arrest and not cardiac arrest, you may not need to give chest compressions. You do not give compressions to someone with a palpable pulse. You maintain airway. Though, you could be in both I suppose in this question… But that was my rationale.

  4. says

    this comment has nothing to do with the questions, it has to do with how much I love the website, and how impressive it is . I used it in 2013, and now again in 2015, its the best money I have spent in a long time , it is well worth it. Of course I got 100 percent on my test in 2013, thank you Jeff for putting this website together, i do want to mention one thing though, in 2013, i wrote the website address down in my notes , this year when i tried to put the url in,, i did not get to this website, but a different one. it was only after, googling different
    acls help that it popped up, so Jeff check it out, it could be i did not have a dash where it should be. thanks again, Roxane

    • says

      It is common for people to forget to put the hyphen between the two words acls-algorithms. Thanks for the feedback. I am so glad that the site has been helpful for you. Kind regards, Jeff

    • says

      All of the questions and answers are created from content in the AHA ACLS provider manual. If you click on the rational button at the top of the quiz, you can find the direct page number in the provider manual to gain a better understanding of the concepts.

      If you are not sure on something, please comment about the specific question and give the question number. I will take a look at the question to see if it can be modified.
      Thank you for the feedback.
      Kind regards,

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