Advanced training is a must for health care providers and professionals. If you are an allied health professional and work in a hospital or similar health care facility, you will most likely be asked to get advanced CPR and first aid training. At our locations in the US, we offer both basic and advanced training in CPR and first aid. Because we offer certification for all our classes, a lot of trainees sign up for training each year – so enroll early! You might run out of slots.
We have private classes available too, for large groups and companies who wish to book employee training and team building activities. You can find more details on our location websites. The websites also have an online application form for trainees who want to sign up online or do not have time to visit us in person during our business hours.
ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ACLS classes use the Advanced Life Support guidelines from the AHA in their curricula. The ALS guidelines focus on medical management of cardiac arrest, using adjunct with the three basic CPR skills in compression, ventilation, and defibrillation. Because medical management can only be performed by allied health professionals, only professionals can take our advanced courses. For health care providers and lay persons, there are basic courses available.
One of the biggest parts of medical management is the administration of medication. When cardiopulmonary resuscitation is given in a hospital, in addition to compressions and ventilations with bag valve masks, medication is administered to help restore the spontaneous beating of the heart. Epinephrine is one of the medications (given every three minutes) during a code.
Note: A code is the term used to describe a situation where a victim goes into cardiac arrest.
Administering medication can be done in a number of ways. Usually, medication is administered intravenously (IV) or orally. However, they can also be administered through the skin (topical) and through the eyes, ears, and other orifices of the body. We mainly teach our trainees how to give IV medication, as well as how to perform different injections (intramuscular, intradermal).
About our ACLS program
Our ACLS training program is a two-day program that runs for a total of 16 hours. It is completed over several sessions through the day, with a several breaks in between. ACLS re-certification is available as well, a lot of shorter, for 5 to 6 hours.
Certificates that you receive from ACLS training are valid for two years before they expire. However, we require our rescuers to renew before the expiration date through a re-certification class. If your credential expires before you can renew it, you will have to take the ACLS program again, instead of the shorter re-certification class. So renew early!