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ACLS Update


ACLS Update (Renewal)

Please Note: Every student is required to bring the 2015 ACLS Provider Manual to class

The ACLS Update course builds on the foundation of Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac-arrest-care.

This course requires you to interpret EKG rhythms. Unless you work with EKG rhythms on a daily basis we strongly recommend that you practice reading EKGs prior to class.

Suggested text and learning aids:

1. Rapid Interpretation of EKGs by Dale Dubins. 6th edition.
We have provided a link to the ebook below. (6.99)

2. EKG simulators

There are also some inexpensive EKG simulators that are very helpful. We suggest the 30-day Personal ECG Review by by Pace Symposia for $9.99.

ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology. Skills are taught in  group sessions with small group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

This course covers:

·        ACLS Algorithms
·        Immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
·        Airway management
·        Rhythm recognition
·        High-quality CPR
·        1- rescuer CPR AED
·        Effective resuscitationteam dynamics
·        Science overview (update course)
·        BLS and ACLS surveys
·        ACS
·        Megacode treatment
·        Identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke)