Course Description

 

ACLS from the American Heart Association reflects the latest science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS)

 

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

 

Healthcare professionals who either direct, or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics.

 

COURSE COVERS

  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest
    compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED

  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac
    arrest

  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions
    such as symptomatic bradycardia

  • Airway management

  • Related pharmacology

  • Management of ACS and stroke

  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a
    resuscitation team

 

COURSE DELIVERY

ACLS can be delivered in 2 formats to meet the needs of students.  Both formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same course completion card. The American Heart Association (AHA) limits enrollment in the ACLS Provider Course to healthcare providers who direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient either in or out of hospital. Participants who enter the course must have the basic knowledge and skills to participate actively with the instructor and other students.

 

Instructor-led or classroom training delivers both the cognitive portion of training and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing in a classroom setting.

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Initial ACLS

Renewal ACLS

  • Blended Learning – HeartCode® ACLS Includes a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner online, followed by a hands-on session.

  • ACLS Skills Session is for those who have already completed the online portion of HeartCode® ACLS Blended learning. 

  • ACLS Initial provider course is a two day class designed for the student who is taking ACLS for the first time or who’s provider certification has expired.  A working knowledge of EKG interpretation and cardiac pharmacology is required.  Before the course, please read the ACLS Provider Manual, complete the self-assessment modules on the Student Website.  Information regarding the self assessment can be found on page iii.

  • ACLS Update (Renewal) for those providers that are current with their ACLS provider certification.  This one update course has all of the same requirements as the initial provider course.