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March 1990

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification in Ophthalmology

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Columbia, Mo

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(3):319. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070050017005

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To the Editor.  —I recently finished recertification testing for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). When I was there, many people were surprised to find out I was an ophthalmology resident. They considered keeping the ACLS certification up-to-date laudable. To me it seemed a logical and responsible thing to do as a citizen and a physician. It made me wonder if other training and practicing ophthalmologists were currently certified in ACLS or felt comfortable implementing its techniques. During the course, I was struck by how distant my recollection of these techniques was only 1 year after performing ACLS regularly. It is unfortunate that many physicians in the niche of ophthalmology have lost skills that are so fundamental to medicine. Who, if not physicians, should feel capable to prevent a family member's unnecessary death from cardiac arrest. Physicians of the community should be prepared to act if severe trauma is met in

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