What does ACLS stand for?

Advanced cardiac life support

An acronym that represents the urgent treatment given to persons suffering from life-threatening medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest and stroke; provided by qualified health care providers that can manage the victim's airway, read and interpret electrocardiograms, understand emergency pharmacology, and initiate IV access.


I found out that my MD provided ACLS to my uncle when he had his heart attack. What a small world!

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Updated January 28, 2015

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