ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
AudienceACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
Course Content• Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care• 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 acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke• Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team• Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics
Course Format:• Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.• Renewal Course requires approximately 4-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.• *Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins• Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)
Features• Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage Active participation• Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency• Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills
Pre-Course Materials: Please note!!!!!! For ACLS – Precourse is MANDATORY!!!!Before the course, please read theACLS Provider Manual, complete the mandatory pre-course assessment modules on the student website, identifying any gaps in your knowledge, and remediate those gaps by studying the applicable content in theACLS Provider Manualin addition to the student website. A passing score for the self-assessment is 70% and you may take it an unlimited number of times to achieve a passing score.Pretest Access Code: Is found on page 2 in the 2015 ACLS provider manual.YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR PRECOURSE SELF-ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE WITH YOU TO THE CLASS.
Certification:Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test, students receive an ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.
The American Heart Association requires each student to have access to their own current AHA ACLS Provider Textbook prior to, during and after the ACLS course.