Cardiac arrest is a problem that commonly occurs in hospitals and other medical facilities. The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course teaches healthcare providers how to manage these emergencies quickly and efficiently. This article will help you understand what ACLS is, who it’s for, why it’s important, how it works and what you should expect from the course.
ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. It’s a set of guidelines and protocols used to treat people with life-threatening cardiac emergencies. ACLS is administered by paramedics or other healthcare professionals in the prehospital setting, meaning that it takes place before patients reach a hospital or other medical facility where they can be treated by doctors.
ACLS is different from BLS (Basic Life Support). While BLS helps to stabilize someone who has suffered an injury or illness, ACLS focuses on treating those whose hearts have stopped beating properly and need to be shocked back into rhythm. You may hear the acronyms “ACLS” and “ACLS-P” used interchangeably—they both stand for Advanced Cardiac Life Support Protocols, but they describe two separate sets of guidelines: regular ACLS includes step-by-step instructions for dealing with heart attacks and cardiac arrest; whereas ACLS-P includes treatment procedures specific to strokes and pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs).
ACLS is a two-day course.
ACLS is a two-day course, which means you’ll have time to learn the material and process it before having to perform it. On the first day, you’ll be self-directed learning about all of the details of ACLS and its procedures. The second day will involve hands-on skills practice and testing—you’ll be doing as much as possible on an actual dummy patient (a mannequin used for training purposes). This is when candidates are able to demonstrate their ability in using these skills under pressure.
To pass this course, candidates must pass both portions: skill practice/testing and written tests/case scenarios.
The first day of the ACLS course includes a self-directed learning program to be completed by the student prior to the classroom session.
You will be given access to a self-directed learning program that includes:
- Practice tests, quizzes and case studies
This is a great way to prepare for class and make sure you know the material before you arrive at the classroom session.
On the second day of the course, a hands-on skills practice and testing session are utilized to prepare candidates for the written test.
On the second day of the course, a hands-on skills practice and testing session are utilized to prepare candidates for the written test. This written test is taken at the end of the second day, and it consists of five multiple choice questions that are based on information learned in both days. Candidates who pass this exam will then be eligible to take their final exam on the third and last day of class.
Candidates must pass all portions of the course (skills practice and testing, written tests, and case scenarios).
Candidates must pass all portions of the course (skills practice and testing, written tests, and case scenarios). You must demonstrate competence in each of these areas. If you fail any portion of our Advanced Cardiac Life Support training course, you will be required to retake that portion before continuing with the remainder of our class.
Sudden cardiac arrest is an event that can happen to any person at any time, regardless of age or physical condition.
The majority of cardiac arrests occur at home, in the presence of a loved one. This is especially important to know because it means that you could very well be the person who responds and saves your loved one’s life.
If someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest, it doesn’t matter how old they are or what their health condition is: it can happen to anyone at any time!
Over 250,000 patients suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospitals each year in the United States.
You’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed and confused about the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. Many people who work as EMTs or paramedics have undergone training for this certification, but not everyone is clear on what it means or how to use it in practice.
A recent study showed that over 250,000 patients suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospitals each year in the United States. This number only grows higher when you consider that most sudden cardiac arrests occur in people with known heart disease—including those who have had a heart attack or angina before. The good news is that more than 95 percent of these victims survive if they receive immediate medical attention from bystanders such as family members and other first responders.
After completing an ACLS course, participants will be able to recognize and treat cardiac arrest, recognize stroke signs and provide appropriate care, perform CPR properly and effectively with proper airway management and ventilation, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) appropriately, work effectively as part of a resuscitation team and manage other acute medical problems such as respiratory and cardiac rhythm disturbances.
> The difference between CPR and AED is that an AED uses an automated system to guide the user through placing pads on the patient’s chest, while CPR involves a human doing chest compressions by hand.
> When performing CPR, it’s important to push hard enough and fast enough. Push up to 100 times per minute in adults who have gone into cardiac arrest due to a heart attack. Infants should receive at least 20 pushes per minute until help arrives.
In some situations, such as when you’re unable to find a pulse or detect any breathing from your victim, you may need to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) instead of manually performing chest compressions. An AED looks like a small TV remote control with multiple buttons on it; these buttons guide you through using the device correctly so that it can deliver shock treatment without hurting anyone else nearby who may be suffering from different conditions than those being treated by others using first-aid methods such as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or electric shocks via paddles directly applied onto their skin without prior warning about what might happen next!
ACLS certification can lead to a safer medical environment for all involved
ACLS certification can lead to a safer medical environment for all involved. When patients receive quality treatment from properly trained medical professionals, patient outcomes and safety is likely to be higher. The ACLS training teaches you the skills necessary to save lives in an emergency situation, by providing tools for dealing with these situations effectively and efficiently when they arise. This means that your patients will have better health outcomes because of the knowledge you gained through this training course!
Learning ACLS is a valuable and important skill to have, not only for your career, but also because it can help to save the lives of those around you.