Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is an, 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.
ACLS for Experienced Practitioners (ACLS-EP)
ACLS Renewal Courses
Registration for these courses can be done directly through the Registration page of the EMU website.
Required Student Materials:
- Provider Manual – print (RE5110E) or eBook (RE5110ED)
- 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED)
- Pocket Reference Card – print (RE5570E) or digital (RE5570ED) – Included in Provider manual and sold separately.
Printed books can be purchased at the time you register or Ebooks can be conveniently purchased at Heart and Stroke’s online store Heart Shop. Use your Resuscitation portal account to set up a Heart Shop account
ACLS Course Prerequisites:
Providers, who take the full ACLS Course, or ACLS Renewal Course, must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card, complete the mandatory Pre-course Self-Assessment and be proficient in the following:
- Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
- Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs) - Be able to identify—on a monitor and paper tracing—rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia with adequate perfusion, tachycardia with poor perfusion, and pulseless arrest.
- These rhythms include but are not limited to:
- Normal sinus rhythm
- Sinus bradycardia
- Type I second-degree AV block
- Type II second-degree AV block
- Third-degree AV block
- Sinus tachycardia
- Supraventricular tachycardias
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Organized rhythm without a pulse
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the essential drugs used in:
- Cardiac arrest
- Tachycardia with adequate perfusion
- Tachycardia with poor perfusion
- Immediate post–cardiac arrest