Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is a course designed to teach healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of CPR or other cardiovascular emergencies (ex. physicians, nurses, paramedics). It is a video- based, instructor-led, advanced course that builds on concepts from basic life support (BLS) and emphasizes the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. In addition, the 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.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to practise and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:
- Systematic approach
- High-quality BLS
- Airway management
- Rhythm recognition
- Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)
- Use of medications
- Transcutaneous pacing
- Team dynamics
NOTE : The ACLS provider certification is valid for 24 months according to Canadian Heart and Stroke regulations and will need re-certification after that period.