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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for Healthcare Providers
Textbooks are NOT provided for this course. You can purchase them at the UAH bookstore.
The ACLS course provides the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest.
ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations at which students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as the team leader.
Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts:
· the importance of basic life support care for patient survival
· the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions
· recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions
· managing cardiac arrest
· identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes
· recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care
· ACLS algorithms
· effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation
The ACLS course covers:
· airway management
· rhythm recognition
· IV access
· use of medications
· transcutaneous pacing
· 1-rescuer CPR, AED
ACLS training is intended for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of the hospital, including:
· emergency medical technicians
· respiratory therapists
· staff in intensive care units and emergency or critical care departments
· other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Course Completion Card.
Course length is approximately 13.5 hours. Part 1 (cognitive portion) can be taken in an instructor-led training session or on a self-directed basis as an online eLearning course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association ACLS instructor.