Each ACLS algorithm is designed to simplify the process for the management and treatment of patients experiencing a cardiovascular emergency or progressing toward a cardiovascular emergency.
Most often these emergencies are related to an arrhythmia which must be identified and then treated with the appropriate ACLS algorithm.
Selection of the appropriate ACLS algorithm and path within the algorithm is determined by the type of arrhythmia present and the severity of the patient’s condition. Typically, the severity is classified as stable or unstable and this dictates interventions.
This ACLS algorithm overview, along with all of the pages of this website take the AHA ACLS algorithms and make them easy to understand and apply.