AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

Features
  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage Active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Purchase Options

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Course Content

  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of ACS and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

15-1004 ACLS DVD
15-1003 ACLS Instructor Manual, includes Lesson Maps, Instructor CD, divider page tabs
15-1006 ACLS Instructor Package, includes:

  • ACLS Provider Manual     Available in eBook
  • ACLS Instructor Manual
  • 2 ACLS DVDs
  • ACLS Posters
  • ACLS Emergency Crash Cart Cards

Supplementary Materials

15-1008 ACLS Emergency Crash Cart Cards (set of 4)
15-1042 ACLS Posters (set of 9)
15-1043 Suspected Stroke Algorithm/Stroke Scale Card (package of 25)

Student Materials

15-1005 ACLS Provider Manual, includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set
15-1007 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)


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Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

  • Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.
  • Update Course requires approximately 5-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.
*course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

AHA ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)Classroom-Based Update Course; ECC Training Network

DESCRIPTION:
The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider 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, the student will enhance their skills in the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply the “BLS, Primary and Secondary Assessments” sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients.
  2. Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use
  3. Recognize respiratory arrest
  4. Perform early management of respiratory arrest
  5. Discuss early recognition and management of acute coronary syndromes including appropriate disposition
  6. Discuss early recognition and management of stroke including appropriate disposition
  7. Recognize bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  8. Perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  9. Recognize cardiac arrest
  10. Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care
  11. 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.
  12. Model effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team 
  13. Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance 
  14. Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes 
  15. Define systems of care

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), for 4.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F2-0310.

DISCLOSURES FOR: ACLS Provider Course
I. Learners will register through their training centers.
II. AHA has an automated claiming system in our ECC Instructor Network
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:

  1. Complete attendance, pass the ACLS post exam with at least an 84% passing rate
  2. Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit

III. Cost for ACLS Provider course is determined and set by Training Center.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE- certified content of this activity.  In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) and/or affiliations (check for no conflicts):
Erik Soderberg
Jojo Ferrer
Michael Donnino
Steven Brooks
Peter Panagos
Dave Slattery
Kate Berg
Theresa Hoadley
Kenny Navarro
Venu Menon
Sallie Johnson
Susan Morris
Rod Kimble

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience:

  1. EMS

ADA STATEMENT:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations. Training Centers must determine
accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws. AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card. Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair- bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions. Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.

 



Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course; ECC Training Network


The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider 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, the student will enhance their skills in the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

 

  1. Apply the “BLS, Primary and Secondary Assessments” sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients.
  2. Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use
  3. Recognize respiratory arrest
  4. Perform early management of respiratory arrest
  5. Discuss early recognition and management of acute coronary syndromes including appropriate disposition
  6. Discuss early recognition and management of stroke including appropriate disposition
  7. Recognize bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  8. Perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  9. Recognize cardiac arrest
  10. Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care
  11. 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.
  12. Model effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team 
  13. Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance 
  14. Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes 
  15. Define systems of care

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), for 9.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F2-0309.

DISCLOSURES FOR: ACLS Provider Course Disclosures for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course:
I. Learners will register through their training centers.
II. AHA has an automated claiming system in our ECC Instructor Network
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:

  1. Complete attendance, pass the ACLS post exam with at least an 84% passing rate
  2. Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit

III. Cost for ACLS Provider course is determined and set by Training Center.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE- certified content of this activity.  In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) and/or affiliations (check for no conflicts) :
Erik Soderberg
Jojo Ferrer
Michael Donnino
Steven Brooks
Peter Panagos
Dave Slattery
Kate Berg
Theresa Hoadley
Kenny Navarro
Venu Menon
Sallie Johnson
Susan Morris
Rod Kimble

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience:

  1. EMS
ADA STATEMENT:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations. Training Centers must determine
accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws. AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department;
otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card. Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair- bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions. Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.

Changes: May 2016
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor Manual (PDF)
Print ISBN 978-1-61669-398-5, AHA Product Number 15-1003
eBook ISBN 978-1-61669-405-0, AHA Product Number 15-3101

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