Prerequisite: A current BLS Health Care Provider CPR Card.
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. ACLS 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. 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 ACLS Course includes;
- 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: 12 Hours (Over Two Days) Students MUST attend both days
HNMC employee's can borrow a book at the Simulation Center office on 4 West. A payroll deduction form will be completed by all employees prior to borrowing a book. Once the Book is returned, the payroll deduction form will be discarded.
Complete the Pre-Course Self Assessment, print your scores and bring them with you to class.
The ACLS course does not teach algorithms, ECG rhythm recognition, or pharmacology. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Pre-course Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfuly complete the ACLS provider course.
Please note that you will not be taught how to read or interpret ECGs in the course, nor will you be taught deatails about ACLS pharmacology.