Recent progress in advanced cardiac life support
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The revised guidelines for advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) from the American Heart Association are anticipated in the fall of 2000. Although dramatic changes in the approach to adult basic and ACLS are not anticipated, several controversies and new drugs on the horizon may radically change our approach to emergent cardiac resuscitation. This article features some of the evolving thinking on the emergent treatment of the adult with ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, the critical rhythms seen in most cases of acute cardiac distress. Approaches to airway therapy drug administration and new agents also are described.
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