The AHA ACLS app is the American Heart Association's (AHA) officially endorsed digital health solution to assist clinicians in running codes and delivering bedside ACLS care with actual patients. The app was developed by Harvard-trained physicians, in collaboration with the AHA, to help fellow physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and emergency medical technicians (EMT) deliver the highest level of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) at the point-of-care. It began as a project to assist clinicians within Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital—and then expanded to have a global scope after significant positive impact was demonstrated. Importantly, real-time feedback from our clinician users continuously drives improvements in app design, features, and function so that you will have the best experience providing life-saving care at the bedside. The AHA ACLS app is the only one to have all content vetted by both the AHA science team and practicing Harvard-affiliated physicians. It also features the latest 2020 release of AHA recommendations for ACLS. We owe it to our patients to use the best digital health tools to give them the highest chance of surviving acute life-threatening cardiac illnesses. To this end, we have developed a low cost, intuitive, and rigorously vetted mobile app to assist clinicians— including in all stages of training—and enhance ACLS care at the bedside. Features: - Intuitive design to rapidly access 4 ACLS algorithms (i.e. cardiac arrest, tachycardia with pulse, bradycardia with pulse, and post cardiac arrest care) - Includes all ACLS content including drug therapy and dosing, reversible causes, etc. - Easy-to-read timers and ability to log rounds of CPR, epinephrine, and defibrillations - Button within cardiac arrest algorithm that allows for rapid transition to post cardiac arrest care pathway once patient achieves ROSC - All content rigorously vetted by AHA science team and practicing Harvard-affiliated physicians - Regularly updated with the most up-to-date ACLS content We continue to iterate based on real-time clinician feedback, so that you will have the best experience providing life-saving care at the bedside. AHA ACLS offers an auto-renewing annual subscription at $2.99/year with a 3-day free trial. You will have unlimited access to all content while you maintain an active subscription. Payment will be charged to the credit card connected to your Apple ID Account when you confirm the initial subscription purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current subscription period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. You may manage your subscription and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your Account Settings after the purchase. Any unused portion of the free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription. You can read more about our terms and conditions in the app.
I had the MGH app and it was great. I updated it not realizing that now I’ll have to pay to use it. I wouldn’t have paid for it if I wasn’t responding to a code and needed to make the decision quickly. I encourage anyone in any other circumstance to look around for a free or at least better version before using this one.
Great app! Easy to use and would recommend to anyone
This is a fantastic app that is handy when saving a patient.
$3 is less than a cup of coffee these days. $3 can’t get you much at McDonald’s. I don’t understand how people can expect everything to be free. App companies need to make money to provide a good product too.
What a surprise to open this during a code (thankfully simulated) to find all features require payment. This app was great, but I think putting this behind a pay wall is bizarre. Very disappointed in this decision. Please retract the paywall and stop robbing medical trainees from the little money we have. Update: the developer responded that they need this money to continue to support the app. I do think the AHA is not hurting for funds and I’m certain there are grants that can be applied for tosupport projects like this. Ultimately, I think converting this app to a paid model was a mistake and the process of the transition was obviously a decision that bothered many more than just me. Consider applying for grant funding if this is something the AHA can’t support.
This app was previously free. A code happened at the start of my call shift and I was unable to use the app since it was prompting me to pay. What’s the point of the app if you can’t use it when you need it?
As a physician who deals with a lot of cases involving ACLS, I’ve loved this digital resource to turn to (as needed) during those high stress moments. Whether it’s using the features to best time interventions and log the code or simply looking up an ACLS med to confirm dosage, this app is an excellent digital tool and well worth the price of $3/year to me and my patients. There’s nothing else out there that compares in accuracy or usability.
Used to be excellent but they decided to sell out.
It’s a great app, really felt good about having it if I ever needed it (although have it mostly memorized). But then there was an update and everything was locked behind a yearly pay wall. Can only imagine what that would be like during a code, very disappointing to see it go down like this. Alternative model that would have been great/substantially better (especially with residents using this) would have been a voluntary donation as many other apps with much more complicated maintenance requirements do this and are perfectly fine.
I’m an EM resident who had this on my phone for when the time comes that I’ll be the one running a code. I pulled it out to use during a mock code, clicked to ACLS, and that’s when it asked me for a payment! You get a three day free trial before it charges you $3. It’s almost like it’s designed for a panicked resident to agree to a last-minute free trial because they thought that this app would be helpful during a code. If they need money, make it a pay-up-front app… so there’s not a surprise mid-code!! This sudden change is dangerous and unethical.