Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for BSC Nursing Students
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is a
video-based, Instructor-led, advanced course, builds on the foundation of basic life support (BLS) skills. It emphasizes the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR and takes healthcare provider training to the next level- highlighting the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes.
The Heart and Stroke Foundations ACLS Course offers:
- The latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes
- Realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients
- Course and content flexibility for Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructors and students, including adaptability to local protocols
The Heart and Stroke Foundations ACLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.
It is highly recommended that only those who will use the skills of ACLS within their scope of practice take the ACLS Course. All students who meet the prerequisites and successfully pass the ACLS course will receive a course completion card. Receipt of a course completion card does not grant permission to practice the skills learned
Course Overview and Design:
Scientific evidence has pointed the way toward better content, while educational research has led to improved design of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course. Both the design and the content of the Heart and Stroke Foundation ACLS Provider Course are evidence based.
The ACLS Provider Course emphasizes 3 major concepts:
- The crucial importance of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patient survival
- The integration of effective basic life support (BLS) with ACLS interventions
- The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:
- Systematic approach
- High-quality BLS
- Airway management
- Rhythm recognition
- Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)
- Use of medications
- Transcutaneous pacing
- Team dynamics - Students will practice the application of these and other skills in simulated cases and will practice both Team Leader and team member roles.
AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Manual (Ensure the manual you obtain includes the following)
- Updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC
- The ACLS Provider Manual contains all of the information students need to know to successfully complete the Instructor-led, classroom ACLS Course. It is designed for use by a single student, and as a reference tool before, during and after the course. The manual provides students access to a website containing mandatory and supplemental information and reference materials, including the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment (must pass with score of 70% or higher), to help them successfully complete the course.
- Includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card set (#15-1007), one sheet of tab labels, and one ACLS Precourse Preparation Checklist Card
Students must successfully complete the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment (70% or highter) prior to coming to the first day of class. Students must present their precourse self-assessment score at the beginning of class on day one or they will not be permitted to continue the course.