Whether you need the ACLS class to make your professional Resume stand out, or just need it as part of your credentialing as a healthcare provider, when enrolling for the ACLS class the student often does not know what to expect.
So you may ask "What exactly is the ACLS certification?" ACLS is essentially the next level of patient care that extends beyond Basic Life Support CPR. During the ACLS class healthcare providers use a different skill set and knowledge base including starting IV’s and administering medications in an effort to resuscitate the victim. While this skill set and knowledge is very crucial, administering medications and starting IV’s will not be as effective if we don’t go back to basics with Basic Life Support.
In order to be successful in the ACLS course whether its the first time you have taken the course of if it is simply a renewal; the following will optimize your success:
The AHA required ACLS Pre-Test is also extremely beneficial and provides an bird's eye view into the class, the kind of information you will be exposed to along with how it is presented. You can take the ACLS Pre-Test many times as you like until you are comfortable and understand the information. We also recognize this time and effort by giving additional continuing education units too!
The American Heart Association (AHA) updates each curriculum standard every 5 years. During this time the AHA is constantly conducting case studies and research in Emergency Cardiovascular Care to help us improve patient outcome. This being the case, as science evolves and discoveries are made, the number of medications recognized for patients in cardiac arrest has also decreased.
Your Instructor, the ACLS Pre-Test, your ACLS Textbook, and the American Heart Associations ACLS (video-based, instructor-led) course will provide everything you need to integrate the information together and be successful in your ACLS class.
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.