Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team management of a cardiac arrest, team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care.
Specific skills in airway management and related pharmacology are also featured. Skills are taught through discussion and group learning, while testing stations offer case-based scenarios using simulators.
ACLS is designed for health-care 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.
**The prerequisite for ACLS is a current HSFC BLS for Healthcare Provider (C) card.
ACLS Course Content
Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)
Basic life-support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and an automated external defibrillator (AED)
Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest using a manual defibrillator and equipment commonly found on a crash cart
Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
Effective resuscitation team dynamics
Skills are taught in large group sessions, as well as in small-group learning-and-testing stations, where case-based scenarios are presented.
Approximate course length: 16 hours
Approximate course length for renewal course: 5 to 6.5 hours
Only active healthcare providers whose training and scope of practice include a knowledge base encompassing the foundation of ACLS knowledge and skill may enroll in the ACLS course.
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Course Completion Card.