Step 3: ACLS Stroke Protocol - Learn & Master ACLS/PALS


  1. Odna says

    Do I need to know the NIH stroke scale (15 item screening tool ) for the ACLS testing? There is also Canadian Neurological Scale – Is it used in the practice too? I have never worked at any trauma or emergency settings before. First time getting certified in ACLS, I found your site by accident while I was searching more practice tests and so glad I found it. I will definitely let my colleagues know about this site. Thanks a lot.

  2. Bonnie Villarreal says

    Is there a page on your website that shows the interactive site during the actual ACLS course that one could practice navigating? For instance, I am having trouble locating the stroke scale icon to manage an acute stroke patient.
    Thanks for the great work!

    • Jeff with admin. says

      I do not have a page like this on the website, but this is a very good suggestion. I will definitely consider adding information about using the AHA online training site. It can be confusing and I think this would help some people.

      Kind regards,

  3. Abdul-rahaman M. Wunpnini says

    Thanks so much for your great job helping health care provides to saving life more grace to your elbow.
    God richly bless you.
    Wunpini. (AEMT)

  4. Phil says

    Is the head CT scan should be done 10 or 25 min of ER arrival? Step 3 says 10 minutes while step 5 says 25 minutes. Please clarify. Thank you.

    • Jeff with admin. says

      All of the steps in the pathway after Step 3 are performed by the stroke team. These interventions include: reading the CT, full neurological assessment, administration of fibrinolytic therapy, and admission to a stroke unit. See the full stroke pathway here.
      After step 3 if you follow the pathway down the left, that these are the things that will be carried out by the stroke team. You can click on each box to look at details.
      Kind regards,

      • priscillaory says

        MRI’s are first line choice now. Father in law had a stroke and I asked for a CT. Come to find out MRI’s are done instead. By the way this program is a life saver !!!

      • Jeff with admin. says

        I have not seen any change in the AHA guidelines that put an MRI as the first choice over the CT scan.

        I’m so glad that the site has been helpful for you! Kind regards, Jeff

  5. Cecilia says

    This is probably assumed upon hospital arrival, but blood work (CBC for platelets, H&H, PT/INR, BMP) must also be ordered. Thank you for excellent review.

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