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ALH 221 - EKG Application and Advanced Cardiac Resuscitation

Credits: 2
2 Skills Lab 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 electrocardiography (EKG) application and advanced cardiac resuscitation includes evidence-based information regarding recognizing and intervening in cardiac arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndrome situations.  Students 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 Basic Life Support (BLS), airway management, rhythm recognition, defibrillation, intravenous and intraosseous access, medication use, cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing and team dynamics. Students successfully completing this course receive certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

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

  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 automated external defibrillator (AED) use.
  3. Perform early management of respiratory arrest.
  4. Identify dysrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
  5. Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer 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
Reference Materials
Advance Cardiac Life Support Provider Manual by the American Heart Association
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/19/2019

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