AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Update Course
Full Course Time: Approximately 15 hours 20 minutes – $267.00 / per student
The AHA’s ACLS Update course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
- Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED
- Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
- Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
- Airway management
- Related pharmacology
- Management of ACS and stroke
- Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
The goal of this program is to provide students a valuable and enjoyable hands-on training experience.
The fundamental objective is to use a simple, practical approach to help students develop necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide and direct lifesaving interventions as a lead emergency medical responder.
Lesson 1: The ABCDs of Emergency Cardiac Care
- Identify the risk factors for coronary artery disease.
- Define “cardiac arrest” and “sudden cardiac death.”
- Identify and describe the links in the Chain of Survival.
- Name four heart rhythms associated with cardiac arrest.
- Differentiate “shockable” cardiac arrest rhythms from “nonshockable” cardiac arrest rhythms.
- Identify the components of advanced cardiac life support.
- Describe the phases of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- List the purpose of components of the primary and secondary surveys.
- Explain advanced directives and do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.
Lesson 2: Airway Management Oxygenation and Ventilation
- Name the major structures of the respiratory system.
- Describe the oxygen liter flow per minute and estimated oxygen percentage delivered for each of the following devices:
- Nasal cannnula
- Simple face mask
- Partial nonrebreather mask
- Nonrebreather mask
- Venturi Mask
- Describe the steps in performing the head-tilt / chin-lift and jaw thrust without head-tilt maneuvers for opening the airway.
- Relate mechanism of injury to opening the airway.
- Describe correct suctioning technique and complications associated with the procedure.
- Describe how to correctly size and insert and oral airway and a nasal airway.
- Describe the indications for positive-pressure ventilation.
- Describe the oxygen liter flow per minute and estimated inspired oxygen concentration delivered for a pocket mask and bag-mask device.
- Describe how to ventilate a patient with a bag-mask using one and two rescuers.
- Describe the signs of adequate and inadequate bag-mask ventilation.
- Describe the advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of an automatic transport ventilator (ATV) and a flow-restricted, oxygen-powered ventilation device.
- Describe the indications, advantages, and technique for advanced airways including Combitube, laryngeal mask airway (LMA), and endotracheal (ET) tube.
Lesson 3: Rhythm Recognition
- Name the primary branches of the right and left coronary arteries.
- Describe the two types of myocardial cells and the function of each.
- Describe the significance of each waveform in the cardiac cycle.
- Describe the normal duration of the PR interval and QRS complex.
- Describe at least two methods of determining heart rate.
- Name the primary and escape pacemakers of the heart and the normal rates of each.
- Define the absolute and relative refractory periods and their location in the cardiac cycle.
- Describe the electrocardiogram (ECG) characteristics of narrow-QRS tachycardias.
- Describe the ECG characteristics and wide-QRS tachycardias.
- Describe the differentiation of right and left bundle branch block (BBB) using lead V1 or modified chest lead (MCL1)
- Describe the ECG characteristics of irregular tachycardias.
- Describe the ECG characteristics of sinus bradycardia, junctional escape rhythm, and ventricular escape rhythm.
- Describe the ECG characteristics of first-, second-, and third-degree atrioventricular (AV) blocks.
- Name and describe four dysrhythmias that may be observed during cardiac arrest.
- Describe the appearance of the waveform on the ECG produced as a result of atrial pacing and ventricular pacing.