This 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, 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).
Participants will have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:
- Systematic approach
- High-quality BLS
- Airway management
- Rhythm recognition
- Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)
- Use of medications
- Transcutaneous pacing
- Team dynamics
What specifically is taught in HeartCode ACLS?
After successfully completing the full HeartCode ACLS Course (online portion, followed by hands-on session), 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 AED use
- Recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest
- Discuss early recognition and management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition
- Recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
- Recognize and 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
The following knowledge and skills are required for successful course completion:
- BLS Skills
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm interpretation for core ACLS rhythms
- Knowledge of airway managemnt and adjuncts
- Basic ACLS drug and pharmacology knowledge
- Practical application of ACLS rhythms and drugs
- Effective resuscitation team concepts
BLS re-certification is now included in our ACLS classes!
BLS Re-certification Requirements:
- Participants must have a current BLS provider card and bring it to the class for verification.
- Successful completion of all the tasks, including written BLS exam and hands-on skills.