HeartCode® ACLS is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s online, self-paced Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) instructional program. It uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation. After completing the knowledge-basedportion of the course, students practice and test their skills with a Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) ACLS instructor. Upon successful completion of the knowledgeand skills tests, students receive a course completion card.
This program features:
- Ten interactive, hospital-based cases to teach ACLS knowledge, building on the foundation of lifesaving BLS for Healthcare Providers skills and the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR
- Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 Heart and Stroke Foundation Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Ten adult patient cases with up to four healthcare providers, presented through eSimulation technology
- One BLS case
- Seven cases representing cardiovascular, respiratory and stroke emergencies
- Two megacodes
- Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
- Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
- Airway management
- Related pharmacology
- Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
- Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
- Online access to the ACLS provider manual, the 2010 Heart and Stroke Foundation Guidelines for CPR & ECC and the 2010 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers
Access to all information in the course is provided for 24 months following activation of course key
HeartCode® ACLS Prerequisites:
- Students must have a valid HSF BLS Healthcare Provider course completion card.
- To receive an HSF ACLS course completion card using this program, students must successfully complete all three parts of the ACLS course and meet the required prerequisites.
- Students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course.
HeartCode® ACLS Part 1
Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the written exam, students receive a Part 1 certificate of completion, which must be presented for Parts 2 and 3.
HeartCode® ACLS Part 2, a hands-on skills practice session with an authorized HSFACLS instructor within 60 days.
HeartCode® ACLS Part 3, a hands-on skills test with an authorized HSF ACLS instructor within 60 days.
After successful completion of all three parts, you will receive an HSF ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.
It is important that students register for Part 2 and 3 completer courses before purchasing their HeartCode® ACLS Part 1 key
Any fees associated with skills sessions (Part 2 and3) are sold separately and must be completed within 60 days of completing Part 1.