Updated to reflect new science in the American heart Association’s 2015 Guidelines for CPR
This course is based on basic vital life support skills (BLS), emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course emphasizes the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, care systems, recognition, and intervention for cardiopulmonary failure, immediate cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes.
This guide contains all the information that students need to know to successfully complete an ACLS course under the guidance of a teacher. It is intended for use by a single student and as a reference guide before, during, and after the course. The manual provides students with access to a website containing mandatory and additional information and reference materials, including the ACLSPrecourse self-assessment (you must pass a score of 70% or higher) to help them complete the course successfully. Skills are taught in classes in large groups, as well as in training and testing stations in small groups, where specific scenarios are presented.
Please note: since this tool is electronic, the ACLS reference card set is digital. The required pre-course self-Assessment modules are available on the student’s website www.heart.org/eccstudent.
The e-book cannot be printed.
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Apply a sequence of BLS, primary and secondary assessment for systematic assessment of adult patients
Perform fast, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automatic external defibrillator (AED)use
Recognize, and perform early treatment for respiratory arrest
Discuss early recognition and treatment of ACS and stroke, including appropriate location
To recognize and undertake early treatment of bradiaritmii and tachyarrhythmias, which may lead to cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
To recognize and implement early treatment of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate assistance after the heart stops
Model for effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
Evaluate resuscitation efforts during cardiac arrest through continuous CPR quality assessment, monitoring the patient’s physiological response, and providing real-time feedback to the team
Evaluate the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
Identify care systems
Successful completion: to successfully complete the course, students must demonstrate proficiency in all training stations, pass a high-quality BLS skill test, bag mask ventilation with an OPA / NPA insertion skill test, and a Megacode test. They must also pass the ACLS exam with a score of 84% or higher. Upon successful completion, students receive an ACLS course completion card.
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