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ALH 216 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Experimental

Credits: 1
1 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Students must be healthcare providers with current Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider certification (either American Heart Association, American Red Cross or recognized equivalent) who participate in the treatment of  cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Students must be able to successfully demonstrate competency in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use and bag-mask ventilation.

This course in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Healthcare Providers includes evidence based information regarding recognizing and intervening in cardiac arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS) situations. Students will receive instruction regarding basic cardiac rhythm recognition, obtaining vascular access and the placement of alternative advanced airway devices. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficieny in the following skills used in resuscitation: systematic patient care approach, high-quality BLS, airway management, rhythm recognition, defibrillation, intravenous and  intraosseous access, medication use, cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing and team dynamics. Students receive certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply the BLS, Primary and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematicevaluation of adult patients.
  2. Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressionsand integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use.
  3. Identify and perform early management of respiratory arrest.
  4. Identify dysrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitationoutcome.
  5. Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation ortransfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care.
  6. Perform early management of cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response and deliver real-time feedback to the resuscitation team.
  7. Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team.
  8. Describe the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team to improve patient outcome.
Listed Topics
  1. High-quality BLS
  2. Airway management
  3. Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
  4. Acute stroke
  5. Cardiac arrest
  6. Cardiac rhythm recognition
  7. Immediate post-cardiac arrest care
  8. Team dynamics
  9. Megacode
Reference Materials
Current textbook, laboratory simulation devices, etc.

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