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Tips On How To Memorize ACLS Algorithms

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie, Life Saver, NHCPS

Co-authored by Karl Disque, D.O. RPH

posted on May 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

UNDERSTANDING THE VARIOUS ACLS ALGORITHMS IS OFTEN A HUGE CHALLENGE for many healthcare professionals and that is why committing the algorithms to memory is highly recommended.

This blog post will highlight some tips on how to memorize ACLS algorithms:

nursing students studying together in the classroom1. The Use of Mnemonics

ACLS guidelines and algorithms are very difficult to remember but the use of mnemonics is a proven and effective method in aiding the memorization of important algorithms and guidelines.

Some of the most common mnemonics that are normally used by ACLS certification candidates include note organization mnemonics, expressions, models, words, music, names, images, rhymes, connection and spelling mnemonics and flashcards. Here is an example of a Mnemonic that is used for ACLS.

Vfib/Vtach drugs:

Every Little Boy Must Pray







2. Practical Handling of Scenarios

The best way to remember ACLS algorithms is by using the material you have studied in class to handle practical ACLS scenarios. It is advisable to use half of your study time to physically play out scenarios and go through the motions. Your friends and family members can help you do your ACLS practice by pretending to be victims of cardiac arrest problems as you attend to them.

Play the role of a healthcare provider and respond to scenarios by recalling ACLS algorithms. It is possible to memorize all ACLS algorithms and guidelines within a very short period of time by using this approach. Practice makes perfect!

3. The Link System

This strategy involves the use of sight, imagination symbolism, and touch to memorize ACLS algorithms. ACLS candidates can remember ACLS algorithms easily by linking an intense conception to ACLS algorithms. The link system is successful when the algorithms are turned into a list, then turned into visual images, which code information together. Here is an example of how the link system can help you memorize ACLS algorithms. 

Vfib/Vtach drugs:


  1. I saw an EPic superhero movie yesterday.
  2. The villain was aLIve and ready to fight.
  3. The superhero BRiefly got ready to fight back.
  4. The villain was MAsked and won the fight.
  5. The villain is still on the PRowl.

If you link the vivid images together by using imagination, it is easy to correspond the key words with the algorithms.






Memorizing ACLS algorithms is an essential and often difficult obstacle to overcome with advanced certification. However, by using proper memorization techniques, the process is simplified for success. By using mnemonics, the scenario method, and the link system, memorizing ACLS algorithms will be easy and exciting.

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a seasoned life saver and a multifaceted professional in the medical field. With an impressive 8-year track record in medical education, Mackenzie boasts a comprehensive set of certifications, including ACLS, PALS, BLS, and CPR, which reflect her unwavering commitment and expertise. Her significant contributions to teaching and the development of medical content underscore her profound knowledge and dedication to advancing healthcare.

Beyond her medical prowess, Mackenzie seamlessly integrates her passion for education with her proficiency in media and marketing. Her academic journey at Indiana University culminated in a degree in Media and Marketing, further solidifying her expertise in these domains.

In addition to her impressive professional achievements, Mackenzie possesses a refined taste for global exploration, photography, design aesthetics, sartorial elegance, and the culinary arts, with a particular affinity for Chinese cuisine. Currently based in the vibrant city of Manhattan, she continues to be a driving force in the medical community. She is an invaluable asset to, where she champions excellence and innovation with unwavering dedication.

Contact Mackenzie at [email protected]

  1. Aswathy says:

    Regarding updated AHA ACLS

    1. Mackenzie Thompson says:

      Thanks for the comment, please let us know if there is anything we can be of assistance to.

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