ACLS EP Description

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP) Course Description

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP) is a NEW ACLS renewal program designed primarily for seasoned healthcare providers who manage complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies and need to renew their ACLS course completion requirements.  The ACLS EP Course emphasizes a systematic approach to patient care, critical thinking skills and critical decision-making skills and the questions; if you knew the cause of the cardiac arrest, would that change your management approach? If you had this information before the arrest, could you have prevented cardiopulmonary collapse or death? More generally, if you knew the eventual cause of sudden death (eg, acute coronary syndrome), what could you do to create a pathway for prevention and survival? Through didactic instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners will enhance their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary prearrest, arrest, and postarrest patients.

 

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for seasoned ACLS providers who wish to renew their provider status by using critical decision-making strategies. Physicians and other healthcare professionals who respond to complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies are encouraged to attend. 

Learners are strongly encouraged to evaluate their knowledge and skill level before the course. The ACLS EP Course is designed to challenge learners in an interactive format, which requires a comprehensive understanding of ACLS algorithms and practice skills.

Course emphasis is at the Team Leader level, and minimal time is devoted to didactic material (ie, lectures). A learner who is not up-to-date with the current ACLS materials will have a difficult time keeping up with colleagues.

All students who meet the prerequisites and successfully pass the ACLS EP course will receive a course completion card. Receipt of a course completion card does not grant permission to practice the skills learned.

 

Course Overview and Design:

Scientific evidence has pointed the way toward better content, while educational research has led to improved design of the ACLS EP Course. Both the design and content of the Heart & Stroke ACLS EP Course are evidence based.

The ACLS EP Course emphasizes 4 major concepts:

•       The crucial importance of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patient survival

•       The integration of effective BLS with ACLS interventions

•       The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation

•       Critical thinking and critical decision-making skills

The course is designed to give learners the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:

•       Systematic approach: BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments

•       High-quality BLS

•       Airway management

•       Rhythm recognition

•       Defibrillation

•       Intravenous/intraosseous access (information only)

•       Use of medications

•       Cardioversion

•       Transcutaneous pacing

•       Team resuscitation concept (Team Leader and team member)

•       The course is also designed to discuss the following categories of cases through critical thinking and critical decision-making:

•       Post–cardiac arrest care

•       Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular emergencies

•       Clinical pharmacology and toxicology emergencies

•       Respiratory and metabolic emergencies

 

ACLS EP Course Duration: 7 hours

Course durations provided are based upon a student-instructor ratio for learning stations of 6:1, and does not include additional times needed for breaks,  transitionsor additional students. 

 

Course completion card expiration date:

All Heart and Stroke Foundation ACLS EP course completions cards have an expiration date of two (2) years from the date of completion. 

 

ACLS EP Provider Course Prerequisites:

Students who take the ACLS EP Course must have:

•       A current Heart & Stroke BLS course completion card ( taken within 12 months and current to the most recent Guidelines)

•       A current Heart & Stroke ACLS course completion card (taken within the last 24 months and current to the most recent Guidelines)

•       All ACLS EP students must successfully complete the online ACLS EP Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 84%, and provide a copy of the exam results to the Course coordinator at the beginning of the course.

Students are given direction on how to access the Student website in their ACLS EP Provider Manual and Resource Text (Page ii). The student website provides important supplementary information and videos, a link to the Precourse Self- Assessment (Optional), and the link to purchase and take the ACLS EP Entrance Exam. The mandatory ACLS EP Entrance Exam requires a passing score of 84% or higher to print the certificate. Students will have 2 attempts to complete the exam with each purchase of the ACLS EP Entrance Exam key.

 

Required Student Materials: 

Only Heart & Stroke branded ACLS EP materials are accepted for use in courses where a Heart & Stroke Foundation ACLS EP completion card is issued.

Student resources can be conveniently purchased at Heart Shop, our online store: https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/heartshop. You can shop as a guest or log into your Resuscitation portal account to set up a Heart Shop account.

 

Required Student Materials:

·  The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers Manual and Resource Text (ACLS EP Manual) - print or eBook (RE5710E or RE5710ED)

·  2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED)

·  Pocket Reference Card – print (RE5770E) or digital (RE5770ED) – Included in Provider manual and sold separately. 

 

ACLS EP Instructor Course

The ideal Heart & Stroke Instructor-Candidate:

·   Is motivated to teach

·   Is motivated to facilitate learning

·   Is motivated to ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for successful course  completion

·   Views student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills

 

Prerequisites

All ACLS EP Instructor-Candidates must have a current:

•       Heart & Stroke ACLS Instructor designation

•       Heart & Stroke ACLS EP provider card

•       All Instructor-Candidates must complete an application process

 

Course Description

The ACLS EP Instructor Course teaches Instructor-Candidates how to apply effective communication techniques, manage the classroom environment, and promote knowledge and skill transfer and retention. The specific ACLS EP module introduces the Instructor-Candidate to the educational materials and course outlines utilized in the delivery of the Heart & Stroke ACLS EP course.

 

Mandated Instructor-Candidate Materials:

Only Heart & Stroke branded ACLS EP materials are accepted for use in courses where a Heart & Stroke ACLS EP completion card is issued.

There are three Instructor kits available or you can purchase the products separately.  All materials for Heart & Stroke ACLS EP instructors are currently available through the Heart & Stroke’s e-Store Heart Shop. Instructor materials must be ordered for Instructor-Candidates by the Course Coordinator of your Instructor course. 

 

Required Instructor-Candidate Materials:

·  ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text (Print RE5710E or eBook RE5710ED)

·  2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED)

·  ACLS EP Instructor Manual (Print RE5720E or eBook RE5720ED)

·  ACLS EP Instructor USB Key (RE5740E)

·   ACLS EP Course DVD (RE5730E)

 

Optional Instructor Kits: 

ACLS EP Instructor Kit Gold (RE5750E-GOLD)

2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers |ACLS EP Instructor Manual |ACLS EP Manual  and Resource Text| ACLS EP Pocket Reference Cards| ACLS EP Course DVD |ACLS EP USB Key

ACLS EP Instructor Kit Silver (RE5750E-Silver)

ACLS EP Instructor Manual | ACLS EP Course DVD |ACLS EP USB Key

ACLS EP Instructor Kit Bronze (RE5750E-Bronze)

ACLS EP Course DVD |ACLS EP USB Key 

 

ACLS EP Instructor Guidelines Update

The Instructor Guideline Update is a requirement by all active, registered Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructors and Instructor-Candidates (BLS, First Aid, ACLS, ACLS EP and PALS) to complete. The Instructor Guidelines Update process occurs in conjunction with the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care updates (approximately every 5 years). The Instructor Guidelines update introduces instructors to changes in the guidelines and the rationale for those changes, and the revised educational delivery techniques used in new course materials.