Oct 26, 2020
EMS 2001 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 0.5 Lab 1
Course Description: The American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will practice their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will obtain AHA ACLS certification. Students must have knowledge of cardiac medications and proficiency in obtaining vascular access, ECG interpretation, and manual defibrillator operation prior to enrolling in this course. This course requires completion of EMS 1010 with current certification or current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider or equivalent certification. Students must possess certification or licensure as a paramedic (EMT-P), registered nurse (RN), medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), respiratory therapist (RT), dentist (DDS), or physician’s assistant (PA).
- Pulmonary edema/congestive heart failure
- Simple VF/VT cardiac arrest
- Complex VF/VT cardiac arrest
- PEA cardiac arrest
- Asystole cardiac arrest
- Stable tachycardia
- Unstable tachycardia
- Acute coronary syndromes
- Cerebrovascular syndromes
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- implement the basic life support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Algorithm.
- manage potentially lethal cardiac rhythms using the pertinent algorithm.
- recall indications, contraindications, doses, and routes of administration for drugs.
- recall the most likely causes of pulseless electrical activity (PEA).
- discuss the circumstances when resuscitation should not be initiated.
- recall the reversible causes of asystole.
- determine when to start transcutaneous pacing (TCP).
- recall features of stable and unstable tachycardias.
- demonstrate electrical interventions.
- describe the signs and symptoms of stroke.
- describe the signs and symptoms of myocardial infarction.
- assess a cardiac patient
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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