The ACLS provider
course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct efforts as
the team leader, or participate as a team member for cardiac arrest or peri-arrest
These providers come from varied backgrounds, including but not
limited to, in-hospital providers (Physicians, NP, RN, RT, etc), pre-hospital
(EMS) or community health care staff.
The 2 day ACLS course will help to reinforce concepts from the pre
course materials including:
- Identification and treatment of conditions that place the patient at risk for
- Basic Life Support (BLS) primary survey.
- ACLS secondary survey.
- ACLS algorithm interventions.
- Effective team dynamics.
The goal of ACLS is to use
evidence based interventions to improve the quality of care provided to
victims of cardiac arrest and
The actual course is two
days, however, the material are delivered a minimum of one month prior
to the program for self study. PLEASE do your
self a favor and save a couple of hours, minimum, every night for reading!
Recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest
conditions that may result in cardiac arrest, or complicate
Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including
prioritizing chest compressions (CPR) and integrating AED use.
cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC),
transfer of care, or termination of resuscitation efforts.
Identify and treat
ischemic chest pain and expedite the
treatment of acute coronary syndromes (ACS).
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 over
Concepts prior to ACLS provider course
The following will be crucial
to successful completion of the ACLS program
BLS Skills (CPR).
Management of Respiratory
Arrest / Airway Management.
If you can not interpret what rhythm the Patient is in,
how can you treat them?
The 2005 ACLS Student CD has a ECG interpretation module included. It can be found on pages 30 - 49 of
the 2005 supplementary information module.
Student Supplementary Module
If you are not comfortable
with ECG interpretation, please visit the ECG interpretation page and
review the booklet. There is also a PowerPoint presentation.
are also several excellent text books available.
I have used each of the
textbooks below in ECG training classes, and have had excellent success
in helping Candidates with ECG interpretation. (these titles are
links to Amazon for viewing, but this is not the only place to acquire
There is a wide range of Candidate knowledge in
the area of Pharmacology.
As backgrounds are also varied, this is to be expected.
However, just knowing that "EPI" (epinephrine) is in a
protocol, or amiodarone may be required is not enough.
should know the following of every drug you plan to give:
Does the agent
require mixing or reconstitution
Dosages- as medication
doses change, it is a good idea to a reference card handy.
Cardiac arrest and peri-arrest
situations are stressful, if you are not prepared and
knowledgeable with these agents there is a high likelihood that a
mediation error may be made. While this will give your
colleagues a great opportunity for "Constructive Intervention", it is not be the best place to find out you were weaker than you
though in ACLS Pharmacology.
2010 ACLS Comparison Chart