Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) INITIAL PROVIDER
The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, early and continuous high-quality CPR, and high-performing teams. The course reflects science and education from the2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
Which course is right for me?
ACLS or ACLS for Experienced Providers
For healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies and for personnel in emergency response
What does this course teach?
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to
Define systems of care
Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
Discuss early recognition and management of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), including appropriate disposition
Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
Recognize bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
Perform early management of bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
Recognize respiratory arrest
Perform early management of respiratory arrest
Recognize cardiac arrest
Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
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