Systems Of Care

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The AHA guidelines describe Systems of Care as a separate and important part of ACLS provider training. These Systems of Care describe the organization of professionals necessary to achieve the best possible result for a given individual’s circumstances. They include an overview of the ways life-saving interventions should be organized to ensure they are delivered efficiently and effectively. Hospitals, EMS staff, and communities that follow comprehensive Systems of Care demonstrate better outcomes for their patients than those who do not.

Unstable Patient

ACLS Systems of Care - Unstable Patient

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Take Note
  • Management of life-threatening emergencies requires the integration of a multidisciplinary team that can involve rapid response teams (RRTs), cardiac arrest teams, and intensive care specialists to increase survival rates.
  • 2015 guidelines update reflects research that shows that RRTs improve outcomes.
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