Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is a course developed by the American Heart Association for the training of health care providers. It emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the appropriate early treatment for cardiopulmonary arrest. Additional important areas of emphasis include the proper management of situations likely to lead to cardiac arrest and the stabilization of the patient in the early period following a successful resuscitation. ACLS includes the use of adjunctive equipment and special techniques for establishing and maintaining effective ventilation and circulation. In addition, this program teaches how to treat the patient with suspected acute myocardial infarction and stroke.
Upon successful completion, participants will be granted an ACLS provider card through the American Heart Association. Provider status is valid for two years, and a renewal course is required to remain an ACLS provider.
Upon completion of the ACLS Course the participant will be able to:
- Recognize and initiate early management of peri-* arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
- Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating AED use.
- Manage cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation, termination of resuscitation, or transfer of care.
- Identify and treat ischemic chest pain and expedite the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes.
- Recognize other life-threatening clinical situations, such as stroke, and provide effective initial care and transfer to reduce disability and death.
- Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
Participants should have basic EKG interpretation and Pharmacology knowledge. These are not taught in class. The Provider Manual must be read prior to attending the course and the self-assessment test taken. Print your certificate and bring it with you to the course. Use the assessment to identify areas in which you need to increase your knowledge. In addition all participants must demonstrate CPR/BLS proficiency to complete the class.
For More Information
Please view the ACLS Course information and registration form: ACLS Registration