Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
AHA’s 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).
- 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.
- 15-1005 ACLS Provider Manual, includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set
- 15-1007 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)
- 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.
Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)
- Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.
- At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
- 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
Course Completion Card
AHA ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, Valid for two years
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Classroom-based Update Course; ECC Training Network
The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Through didactic instruction and active participation in simulated cases, the student will enhance their skills in the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes.
2018 New AHA E-Card
ACLS EDU provides onsite & classroom American Heart Association BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP cert and recert courses.