Due to the overwhelming demand; Help-A-Heart CPR will begin offering Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) classes beginning in November 2017.
ACLS entails airway management, accessing veins, interpretation of ECG, applications of emergency pharmacology and early defibrillation with automated external defibrillators.
Healthcare providers such as paramedics, doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists must take a certification class to learn ACLS procedures prior to administering them. The algorithms are complex and should only be carried out by trained medical providers. Managing the airway, analyzing various cardiac rhythms, and understanding what medications should be given are included in the classes.
The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) class also provides the theoretical background to resuscitation as well as explaining the essential resuscitation skills required to manage an adult cardiac arrest– from the time it occurs until post-cardiac care.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support also discusses ethical and legal issues, record keeping, dealing with bereavement, audit, equipment and training– providing an essential quick reference tool for nurses and health care professionals.
The addition of the ACLS course comes with the new requirement of ensuring all American Heart Association’s adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses are updated in 2019 with the use of new technology. The use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills will be required effective Jan. 31, 2019 to assist participants with becoming proficient when a cardiac emergency occurs.
We are excited about offering this certification to our students.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.