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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.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS sp

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.