Courses

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

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pals provider cardPediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

Audience

The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Course Content

• 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use
• 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR
• Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
• Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
• Management of respiratory emergencies
• Resuscitation team concept
• Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
• Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
• Vascular access

Class Format

• Full course:  14 hours 10 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch.
• Update course, with all optional stations: 8 hours 20 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch.
• Update without optional stations: 6 hours 20 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch.

Features

• Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills’
• Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
• Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills
simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
• Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

Certification

Students who successfully complete the PALS Course, including the following components, will receive a PALS Provider
course Completion Card, valid for two years:
• Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations
• Complete the closed-book written exam with a minimum score of 84%
• Pass the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS With AED and 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS Skills Tests
• Pass 2 PALS core case scenarios (1 cardiac and 1 respiratory or shock) as a team leader, providing appropriate medical treatment and demonstrating effective team dynamics

ACLS for Experienced Providers

ACLS EP

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The goal of the ACLS EP Course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (eg, metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest and postarrest patients.

ACLS EP has been updated to reflect science from the following:
• 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
• 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/AHA Guidelines for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
• 2012 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guideline for the Management of Patients With Unstable Angina/Non–ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Audience

This course is for seasoned healthcare providers who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, and understanding ACLS pharmacology and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest or postarrest patients.

Course Content

• Applying the expanded systematic approach (ACLS-EP Survey) to patient assessment, evaluation and management
• Cardiovascular Emergencies
• Cerebrovascular Emergencies
• Respiratory and Metabolic Emergencies
• Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
• Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Emergencies
• High Quality CPR
• Effective communication within a resuscitation team and recognition of the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

Course Format

• Classroom-based
• Instructor-led
• Features active participation in case-based scenarios

Course completion time is approximately 8 hours (7 to 7.25 hours without breaks and 8 to 8.5 hours with breaks).

Features

• Uses case-based scenarios to move beyond the algorithms and show learners how to apply critical thinking to quickly reach a differential diagnosis and effectively manage treatment
• Includes more of the cases and information learners have requested, including pharmacology, toxicology, respiratory and metabolic cases
• Includes 68 scenarios, including prehospital, emergency department and inhospital scenarios, so the course to be customized to best meet the needs of learners
• ACLS Provider exam is completed online before class allowing learners more time to share and learn from peers
• Continuing education credits available

Certification

For successful course completion, learners must actively participate in all case-based scenarios and must meet all current ACLS course completion requirements including
• Pass the 1-rescuer CPR and AED skills test
• Pass the bag-mask ventilation skills test
• Pass the Megacode skills test
• Pass the ACLS Provider exam with a score of 84% or higher

Upon successful completion, learners receive an ACLS EP course completion card, valid for 2 years.

Emergency Pediatric Care

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EPClogoEmergency Pediatric Care (EPC) is a comprehensive education program for EMS practitioner on the care of sick and injured children, addressing a full spectrum of emergency illnesses, injuries and scenarios that an EMS practitioner might encounter.

NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) course focuses on the care of sick and injured children, addressing a full spectrum of emergency illnesses, injuries and scenarios that an EMS practitioner might encounter. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of the most common pediatric emergency issues, and stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their patients.

Topics include: understanding kids; airway, breathing and oxygenation; cardiac emergencies; child abuse and neglect; common medical emergencies; the importance of family; hypoperfusion and shock; newborn resuscitation; pediatric trauma; and special health care needs.

EPC is for all emergency medical technicians and paramedics committed to providing quality care for pediatric patients. Flexible course formats fit the continuing education needs of all EMS practitioners: traditional two-day face-to-face Provider Course, an accelerated two-day Provider-Instructor Course, and a Hybrid Course that combines eight hours of online training followed by one day of on-site interactive stations. This modular course format can fulfill the pediatric clinical and educational needs of an EMS agency while minimizing budgetary and logistical impacts.

 

Provider Course: 16 hour course for emergency medical responders, EMTs, Paramedics, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.  This course is offered at Basic or Combined levels.  The provider course may be offered in one of two formats:  the traditional onsite face-to-face format with lectures and skill stations; or a hybrid format, where a portion of the course is taken online in an interactive, web-based format, followed by a one day face-to-face for skill station instructions and evaluations.

Instructor Course: 4 hour course designed for experienced EMS instructors who have successfully completed the EPC provider course.

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Basic Life Support (BLS)

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bls spanish smThe Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Audience

This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

Course Content

• Key changes in basic life support, reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

• Critical concepts of high-quality CPR

• The American Heart Association Chain of Survival

• 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant

• 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant

• Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques

• Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant

• Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant

• Relief of choking for adult, child and infant

• CPR with an advanced airway*

* This is an introduction to the compression/ventilation rate and ratio for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please refer to the Airway Management Course.

Course Format

Initial Provider Course requires approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Renewal Course requires approximately 4 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.

*course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

Features

• Video based course ensures consistency

• Instructor led, hands on class format reinforces skills proficiency

• Student manual comes with new Pocket Reference Card, designed to provide quick emergency information to the rescuer at any time.

• Updated Science based content

Certification

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card is valid for two years.

In the classroom, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

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ACLS spACLS 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.

Audience

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.

Course Content

• Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 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 / Time

Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 5-6 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

Course Completion Card

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.