ACLS Code Runner & Protocols

Massachusetts General Hospital

Designed for iPad

    • 2.5 • 188 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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.


- 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.

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What’s New

Version 2.2.5

· Addition of metronome sound feature to ensure proper rate of CPR. Function can be turned on or off according to clinician preference. (Of note, sound is muted if iPhone is in silent mode)
· Additional design features to better document the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC).

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

Conaanaa ,

Subscription based model is a bad option

It’s a very useful app that I used for multiple codes, but now that it’s a subscription based model I am no longer using it. I’ve seen the developers responses that they no longer have funding from their generous philanthropist, which is unfortunate, but it is also unfortunate to be monetizing off sick coding patients who would benefit from their doctors having a useful clinical tool like this. It is only 2.99 a year and I’d probably be more willing to pay for it after I’m no longer a resident - but I’d also suggest that they consider making it a one time payment of $10 or something rather than an endless recurring subscription based fee. For some reason that feels like it would be an easier pill to swallow than a never ending fee that is continually extracting money without you knowing (seems kind of like a parasitic relationship when it could instead be a one time, one and done transaction).

Developer Response ,

Dear Conaanaa, Thank you for this feedback. We are continually re-evaluating different subscription options to maximize the value we offer our users. We will take your perspective into consideration. Sincerely, The AHA ACLS Team

Dude-e ,

Basic features locked behind paywall

This used to be a great free app used by residents all over to help with codes. The new update added a paywall in the form of subscription payments to access ANYTHING in the app.

This used to be a go-to recommendation for any physician covering in-hospital patients…

I’d be more willing to look it over if it were a one time payment. I’ve had the app for more than three years and would’ve continued to use it for at least another 5 years. This would amount to roughly 24USD over an 8 year period with a subscription which is too much for what it is.

Developer Response ,

Dear Dude-e,

Thank you for using and supporting our MGH ACLS app over the last couple years. The initial MGH ACLS version was free thanks to funding from a generous philanthropic donation. Unfortunately, this funding has expired, and, in order to cover the expenses for maintaining and upgrading the app for clinicians around the world, we had to make the difficult decision of charging a small, annual subscription fee of $2.99.

We sincerely apologize for the abrupt change to a paid subscription model. We do not collect personal contact information, so there was no way to notify our users in advance of this transition. We hoped that a 3-day free trial could help alleviate this issue to some degree.

Ultimately, we hope we can continue supporting clinicians around the world in delivering the highest quality ACLS care through our AHA ACLS app.



disazdoc ,


I’m a practicing emergency physician. This is what I’ve been waiting for: an accurate, easy to use app for running codes and going through ACLS at the patient’s bedside. It also has the Harvard and American Heart Association seal of approval, so I know I can trust what I’m using. Every emergency medicine doctor’s dream come true.

There are way too many sketchy, unreliable, unwieldy—and sometimes dangerous—apps on the App Store that are advertised for running codes or going through the ACLS algorithms. I would know, because I have downloaded over half a dozen ACLS apps, all of which I have deleted because they were not practical to use at the bedside.

Doctors need tools they can 100% trust, especially when it comes to saving a life—this is it!

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