Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
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

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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 acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

90-1009 ACLS DVD

90-1011 ACLS Instructor Manual, includes Lesson Maps, Instructor CD, divider page tabs

90-1041 ACLS Instructor Package, includes:

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

Supplementary Materials

90-1010 ACLS Emergency Crash Cart Cards (set of 4)
90-1013 ACLS Posters (set of 9)
90-1024 Suspected Stroke Algorithm/Stroke Scale Card (package of 25)

Student Materials

 90-1014 ACLS Provider Manual, includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set

90-1012 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)

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Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 5-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.

*course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

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

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Classroom-Based Update Course, ECC Training Centers

DESCRIPTION:
ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care.  It also covers airway management and related pharmacology.  In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.  The Renewal Course requires approximately 5-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize and initiate early management of periarrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome. 
2. Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
3. Recognize and manage respiratory arrest.
4. Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care.
5. Recognize and initiate early management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), including appropriate disposition.
6. Recognize and initiate early management of stroke, including appropriate disposition.
7. Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience:
• Physicians
• Physician Assistants
• Nurses
• Pharmacists
• EMTs/Paramedics

ACCREDITATION TERMS:

• CECBEMS (EMS Practitioners) – June 6, 2014 – June 5, 2017

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 5.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 14-AMHA-F2-0224.

Disclosures for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Classroom-Based Update Course:

I. Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete the classroom-based course, including participation in simulated cases, skills practice and skills testing. 
(2) Complete the post-course written test with a score of 84% or higher.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.

II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity. 

Disclosure Statement:
As a sponsor accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), the American Heart Association must ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or joint sponsored educational activities.

Therefore, all faculty and authors participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience: (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in the activity, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in the activity.  The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from contributing but rather to provide participants with information with which they can make their own judgments.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the author’s interests or relationships may influence the content.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) or affiliations:
 John Field, MD
 Robert Neumar, MD, PhD
 Cliff Callaway, MD, PhD
 Kenneth Navarro
 Theresa Hoadley, PhD, RN
 Elisabeth Sinz, MD
Peter Panagos, MD, FACEP
Jim Baker, MD
Heba Costandy, MD, MS
Erik Soderberg, MS
Jo Haag, RN, MS

Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:
None

Students with Special Needs:
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: October 2013
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual (PDF)
[ISBN 978-1-61669-010-6, AHA Product Number 90-1014]

Changes: January 2012
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor Manual (PDF)
[ISBN 978-1-61669-011-3, AHA Product Number 90-1011]

Changes: December 2011
ACLS Acute Coronary Syndromes and Stroke Pocket Reference Card (PDF)
[ISBN 978-1-61669-013-7, AHA Product Number 90-1012]

This course is available in the following languages:

  • IVE English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

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