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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Recertification)

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is a video-based, Instructor-led, advanced course, that 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

Intended Audience

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.

It is highly recommended that only those who will use the skills of ACLS within their scope of practice take the ACLS Course. All students who meet the prerequisites and successfully pass the ACLS course will receive a course completion card. Receipt of a course completion card does not grant permission to practice the skills learned.

Course Overview

Scientific evidence has pointed the way toward better content, while educational research has led to improved design of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course. Both the design and the content of the Heart and Stroke Foundation ACLS Provider Course are evidence based.

The ACLS Provider Course emphasizes 3 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) access (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.

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 Precourse 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
    • Asystole
    • Ventricular fibrillation
    • Organized rhythm without a pulse
  • Understanding ACLS drugs- have a basic understanding of the essential drugs used in:
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Bradycardia
    • Tachycardia with adequate perfusion
    • Tachycardia with poor perfusion
    • Immediate post–cardiac arrest care

Students are given direction on how to access the Student website in their ACLS Provider Manual. The student website provides important supplementary information and videos, as well as a link to the Precourse Self- Assessment. The mandatory Precourse Self-Assessment requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print the certificate. Students can take the Precourse Self-Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score.

Course Duration

Course duration’s provided are based upon a student-instructor ratio for learning stations of 8:1, and does not include additional times needed for breaks or transitions, or additional students.
Provider Recertification Course – Approximate course duration: 8 hours and 25 minutes.

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  • A current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card
    • This can be done prior to the start of the course. You can add this course to your cart before checking out.
  • Complete a mandatory Precourse Self-Assessment (sent after registration).

Required Materials

The responsibility of obtaining the textbook is up to you, the participant, and is not included in the course. 

Textbooks can be purchased directly from the Heart and Stroke Foundation (https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/).

Please ensure you order the following 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.

It is advised that you read the textbook, in its entirety, prior to the course.

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