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AHA’s BLS Course provides the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. Updated to reflect new 2015 science, BLS teaches the concepts of high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics.

The goal of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Course is to train participants to save lives of victims in cardiac arrest through highj-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The American Heart Association (AHA) designed the BLS Course to teach healthcare professionals how to perform high-quality CPR individually or as part of a team. BLS skills are applicable to any healthcare setting. BLS students will learn rescue techniques for adults, children and infants.

 

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

This course is designed for students who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings and need CPR training to enter into a health career-related traning program.

 

COURSE COVERS

•Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival

• Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival

• Apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival

• Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR

• Perform high-quality CPR for an adult

• Describe the importance of early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

• Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED

• Provide effective ventilation by using a barrier device

• Perform high-quality CPR for a child

• Perform high-quality CPR for an infant

• Describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation

• Perform as an effective team member during the multirescuer CPR

• Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult or child

• Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an infant

 

COURSE DELIVERY

The AHA's BLS Course is designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in and out of the hospital setting. 

• Instructor-led Training

Led by an instructor in a classroom setting. Instructors deliver courses designed to include both the cognitive portion of traning and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing.

 

Students participating in heartCode BLS experience the same tailoring to their needs by self-identifying as IFP or PHP. Based on their response, students navigate through the appropriate content of the online portion of the course. They view the same real-world scenarios featured in the instructor-led BLS video to prepare for skills practice and testing in the classroom.

The online component of the HeartCode BLS course uses a variety of learning assests - such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities - to teach students the knowledge and skills of BLS. After completing the ONLINE portion, students will complete a hands-on skills session either with a voice-assisted manikin or by attending an instructor-led session that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing.

 Once Registartion is complete access to the online portion will be provived electronically. Please complete the online portion and bring the completion certificate to the skills class. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available, students may also complete the hands-on session with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM).

HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

Features:

  • 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
  • AED and Bag-Mask Device
  • 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
  • Team Dynamics
  • High-Performance Teams Activity
  • Local Protocols Discussion
  • Child BLS
  • Infant BLS
  • Special Considerations
  • Adult and Child Choking
  • Infant Choking
  • Conclusion
  • Adult CPR and AED Skills Test
  • Infant CPR Skills Test

AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC). This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

 

The ACLS Provider Course are designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmponary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Through didactic instruction and active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

 

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

Providers who take the full ACLS Course must be proficient in the following:

• Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC

• Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)

• Understanding ACLS drugs

• Bag-mask Ventilations

 

COURSE COVERS

The ACLS Provider Course emphazises three 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

• Defibrillation

• Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) acces (information only)

• Use of medications

• Cardioversion

• 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.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

• Apply the BLS, Primary and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients

• Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated     external defibrillator (AED) use

• Recognize respiratory arrest

• Perform early management of repiratory arrest

• Discuss early recognition and management of ACS, including appropriate disposition

• Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition

• Recognize bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation   outcome

• Perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or compliance resuscitation outcome

• Recognize cardiac arrest

• Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including  immediate post-cardiac arrest care

• Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team

• Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient's physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team

• Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

• Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes

• Define systems of care

 

COURSE DELIVERY

The instructor-led training is a traditional classroom course conducted on-site at a Training Center or other facility. The Course is structured as follows:

• Core concepts are presented through course videos, instructor-led discussions, and case-based scenarios around manikin.

• Students take an exam to confirm understanding of core concepts.

• The instrutor coaches students as they practice skills.

• The instructor monitors as each student demonstrates skills proficiency as outlined in the skills testing checklist.

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AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC). This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

 

This advanced course highlights 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 (ACS).

 

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

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.

 

COURSE COVERS

• 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

 

COURSE DELIVERY

ACLS can be delivered in 2 formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for Instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same course completion card.

• Instructor-led Training

Instructors deliver both the cognitive portion of training and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing in a classroom setting.

• Blended Learning – HeartCode® ACLS

Includes a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, and a hands-on session.

Ill or injureed children/infants often hide or compensate for symptoms that could quickly become life-threatening. To prevent decline of theses pediatric patients, providers must be able to quickly diagnose the underlying cause, treat the symptoms, and closely monitor the patient.

In the AHA's advanced pediatric course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, identify the underlying cause, and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations. Students interact with real pediatric patient cases, realistic simulations, and animations to assess and treat theses pediatric patients. This includes applying basic life support, following PALS treatment algoriths, and practicing effective resuscitation skills and team dynamics. Through a combination of cognitive learninvg and psychomotor skills practce, the PALS Course improve students' confidence and skill levels for delivering effective emergency pediatric care.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

Healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in peditric patients. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical car units such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and paramedics.

COURSE COVERS

• The systematic approach to assess and treat a seriously ill or injured infant/child
• Recognition and management of cardiac arrest
• Basic child and infant life support skills
• Effective resuscitation team dynamics 
• Recognition and management of respiratory distress and failure, including airway management
• Recognition and management of shck, including vascular access
• Recognition and management of cardiac arrest
• Recognition and management of arrhythmias, including electrical therapy
• Post-cardiac arrest care

COURSE DELIVERY

PALS can be delivered in 2 formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for healthcare organizations and Instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same course completion card.

  • Instructor-led Training

Conducted in the classroom and supported with video and presentation technology, Instructors deliver courses designed to include both the cognitive portion of training and psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing.

  • Blended Learning - HeartCode PALS COMING SOON

Students complete online, self-paced instructional lessons in which they assess and treat pediatric patients in virtual healthcare settings. Once the online portion has been completed, students attend an Instructor-led hands-on session focused on skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available, students may instead complete the hands-on portion with a voice-assisted manikin.

 

Ill or injureed children/infants often hide or compensate for symptoms that could quickly become life-threatening. To prevent decline of theses pediatric patients, providers must be able to quickly diagnose the underlying cause, treat the symptoms, and closely monitor the patient.

In the AHA's advanced pediatric course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, identify the underlying cause, and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations. Students interact with real pediatric patient cases, realistic simulations, and animations to assess and treat theses pediatric patients. This includes applying basic life support, following PALS treatment algoriths, and practicing effective resuscitation skills and team dynamics. Through a combination of cognitive learninvg and psychomotor skills practce, the PALS Course improve students' confidence and skill levels for delivering effective emergency pediatric care. 

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

Healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in peditric patients. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical car units such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and paramedics.

COURSE COVERS

• The systematic approach to assess and treat a seriously ill or injured infant/child
• Recognition and management of cardiac arrest
• Basic child and infant life support skills
• Effective resuscitation team dynamics 
• Recognition and management of respiratory distress and failure, including airway management
• Recognition and management of shck, including vascular access
• Recognition and management of cardiac arrest
• Recognition and management of arrhythmias, including electrical therapy
• Post-cardiac arrest care

COURSE DELIVERY

PALS can be delivered in 2 formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for healthcare organizations and Instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same course completion card.

  • Instructor-led Training

Conducted in the classroom and supported with video and presentation technology, Instructors deliver courses designed to include both the cognitive portion of training and psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing.

  • Blended Learning - HeartCode PALS COMING SOON

Students complete online, self-paced instructional lessons in which they assess and treat pediatric patients in virtual healthcare settings. Once the online portion has been completed, students attend an Instructor-led hands-on session focused on skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available, students may instead complete the hands-on portion with a voice-assisted manikin.

 

Course Overview

So you want to become an AHA Instructor?  The AHA Instructor Course teaches the methods needed to effectively instruct others in resuscitation courses.  The AHA requires that Instructor be at least 16 years of age for the Heartsaver and BLS Instructor courses.  ACLS and PALS Instructors must be at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where such skills are within the scope of practice.

Who Should Attend

The Ideal instructor candidate is motivated to; teach, facilitate learning and ensure students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion.  The ideal instructor candidate views student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites

 

  • Have current Provider status in the discipline they wish to teach
  • Have completed an Instructor Candidate Application
  • Complete the Core Instructor Course
  • Have the most recent edition of the AHA Provider Manual for the discipline they wish to teach

The following are the steps to become an AHA Instructor

  1. Complete the instructor candidate application. (please cal our office for the form and to discuss eligibility)
  • Must be aligned with a AHA Training Center
  • Must have a current instructor complete the instructor potential portion of the form.
  1. Complete the AHA Core Instructor class
  2. Complete the discipline specific Instructor Course
  3. Be successfully monitored by the primary Training Center.

Course Overview

So you want to become an AHA Instructor?  The AHA Instructor Course teaches the methods needed to effectively instruct others in resuscitation courses.  The AHA requires that Instructor be at least 16 years of age for the Heartsaver and BLS Instructor courses.  ACLS and PALS Instructors must be at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where such skills are within the scope of practice.

Who Should Attend

The Ideal instructor candidate is motivated to; teach, facilitate learning and ensure students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion.  The ideal instructor candidate views student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites

All Prospective participants in an instructor Course must 

  • Have current Provider status in the discipline they wish to teach
  • Have completed an Instructor Candidate Application
  • Complete the Core Instructor Course
  • Have the most recent edition of the AHA Provider Manual for the discipline they wish to teach

The following are the steps to become an AHA Instructor

  1. Complete the instructor candidate application. (please cal our office for the form and to discuss eligibility)
  • Must be aligned with a AHA Training Center
  • Must have a current instructor complete the instructor potential portion of the form.
  1. Complete the AHA Core Instructor class
  2. Complete the discipline specific Instructor Course
  3. Be successfully monitored by the primary Training Center.