Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced training program offered at all our training locations in the country. It is for healthcare providers only and will teach them how to give medical management to patients or victims experiencing cardiac arrest. It runs for two hours in total, covering topics like medication, basic first aid, and defibrillation.
The focus of ACLS training is medical management of adult victims. Medical management covers the skills and techniques that only healthcare professionals are allowed to perform. These skills and techniques are made to compliment basic CPR (Basic Life Support), primarily medication administration and the use of medical equipment.
Advanced Life Support
ACLS training falls under Advanced Life Support, a category of training programs that focus on medical interventions for cardiac arrest. With us, there are only two training programs under the ALS category: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). PALS teaches trainees how to manage pediatric victims, specifically infants, toddlers, and younger children.
Cardiac arrest at home
According to research done by the AHA, 88 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home. Simply put, when you encounter a victim of arrest, they are most likely someone’s loved one – most often than not – even your own. More than 300,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital. Learning CPR has now become a need instead of a want. It is a skill that is no longer monopolized by people in healthcare, even stay-at-home parents and office workers know how to give basic CPR.
How to give CPR
CPR always begins with assessment. If you are a trained rescuer, your first act is to approach the victim and assess his or her condition. Check the victims pulse and breathing and get someone to call for help. If the victim is unresponsive, has no pulse, and does not breath regularly, he or she most likely suffered a heart attack. Start chest compressions immediately once all these things are ascertained.
Compressions are given at a ration of 30:2 with ventilation. They should compress the adult’s chest by at least 2 inches. After 30 compressions have been given, give two rescue breaths. Tilt the head back and thrust the jaw downwards to open the airway. When giving rescue breaths, make sure that the chest is moving up or down. This means that you are giving the rescue breaths correctly.
Upon arrival of medical help, medication and equipment will be used to further stabilize his or her condition. These interventions are started in the ambulance and continued in the emergency room. Typically, only healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses are allowed to give this kind of management to the patient.
List of classes
- Basic Heartsaver program – 4 hours
- Basic Heartsaver C program – 4.5 hours
- Basic Life Support for HCPs – 4.5 hours
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)