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Course Description

Vital Ethics’ ACLS classes are designed for health care providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS class, health care providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

Upon completion of the ACLS provider course health care providers will leave  with  a better understanding of the dynamics of  cardiac emergencies and the unique challenges that patients often present. Our objective is to instruct, challenge, and evaluate the health care professionals ability to apply ACLS algorithms with a systematic approach given a variety of scenarios. Certification is valid for two years.

The initial ACLS provider course requires the book prior to class which is shipped by UPS upon completion of registration. The book can also be picked up at our office by appointment for students who are registering close to the actual class date.

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ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Intended Audience: The advanced cardiac life support course is designed for medical providers such as:

  • Physicians

  • Nurses (Students, LPN and RN’s)

  • Paramedics (EMT Basics Welcome)

  • Respiratory Therapists

and other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

Course Length: Approximately 16 hours (Initial) 8 Hours (refresher), including breaks

The following knowledge and skills are required for successful course completion:

  • A Positive Attitude

  • BLS skills

  • ECG rhythm interpretation for core ACLS rhythms

  • Basic ACLS drug and pharmacology knowledge

  • Practical application of ACLS rhythms and drugs

  • Effective resuscitation team concepts

  • Pass the final exam with 80% or better

  • A Positive Attitude

Vital Ethics offers ACLS certification accredited through the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI).

Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing CEP#15010

Sacramento County EMS Pre-Hospital Provider #34-4710

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ASHI ACLS Initial Class (16 CE’s)    $195.00

ASHI ACLS Refresher (8 CE’s)          $155.00

The ASHI class uses curriculum provided by Mosby – Jems – Publishing, and is the official text for American Health & Safety Institute ACLS.

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