The ACLS Provider Course and HeartCode® ACLS are 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, students will enhance their skills in the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).
COURSE OVERVIEW and DESIGN
Scientific evidence has pointed the way toward better content, while educational research has led to improved design of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course. Both the design and the content of the AHA ACLS Provider Course are evidence based.
The ACLS Provider Curse Emphasizes 3 major concepts:
The crucial importance of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patient survival
The integration of effective basic life support (BLS) with ACLS interventions
The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:
Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)
Use of medications
Students will practice the application of these and other skills in simulated cases and will practice both Team Leader and team member roles.
ACLS COURSE GOAL
The goal of the ACLS Provider Course is to improve outcomes for adult patients of cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies through early recognition and interventions by high-performance teams.
ACLS LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon successful completion of this course, students 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 automated external defibrillator (AED) use
Recognize respiratory arrest
Perform early management of respiratory arrest
Discuss early recognition and management of ACS, 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 tachyarrthymias 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
Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
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
Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes
Define systems of care