ACLS course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. 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).
- Apply the “BLS, Primary and Secondary Assessments” sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients.
- Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use
- Recognize respiratory arrest
- Perform early management of respiratory arrest
- Discuss early recognition and management of acute coronary syndromes including appropriate disposition
- Discuss early recognition and management of stroke including appropriate disposition
- Recognize bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
- Perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
- Recognize cardiac arrest
- Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care
- Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response and delivering real-time feedback to the team.
- Model effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team
- Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
- Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
- Define systems of 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 ACS and stroke
- Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team.
- The 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 skill.
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