Training Designed and Approved by the American Heart Association
When you take a BLS, ACLS, or PALS life support course with RAW Training and Development, you are not just getting a "check the box" course. Real life adult and pediatric experiences of our instructors provide you with mental reference markers for the future. This will enable you to quickly recall information when you are facing those BLS, ACLS, or PALS emergency situations. Whether you are in the hospital environment or in the field, you are able to make the decisions that are necessary to save lives. For your convenience, BLS, ACLS, or PALS courses are taught at multiple locations or we can schedule courses based on staff availability at your office.
The AHA's Basic Life Support (BLS) course trains participants to promptly recognize several life threatening emergencies, give high quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
The AHA's BLS is designed for healthcare professional and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.
The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification course builds on the foundation of our BLS certification and assumes basic knowledge in several areas. It is recommended the learner has sound of the following areas before beginning the ACLS course: BLS skills, ECG rhythm recognition, airway equipment and management, adult pharmacology including the common drugs and dosages used in resuscitation. Our ACLS course provides education on virtually every aspect of acute resuscitation. Our goal is to teach medical professionals in an innovative learning experience that helps to enhance the systems of care that save lives.
The ACLS certification course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiovascular emergencies such as cardiac arrest, pulmonary arrest, myocardial infarction, and stroke. This includes physician, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, CRNA's, paramedics, medical students, dentists, among other healthcare professionals. Being ACLS certified will help you feel confident when responding to a code and providing lifesaving care when it matters most.
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is designed to instruct healthcare professionals who provide care for pediatric patients in emergent situations. The most common life support indications for infants and children is respiratory/pulmonary arrest, but PALS covers cardiovascular emergencies such as cardiac arrhythmia and arrest. PALS is not simply ACLS for kids. It is a completely separate resuscitation approach. Infants and children experience different types of life-threatening experiences than adults. Pediatric patients often experience respiratory distress and shock before they enter into cardiac arrest. Therefore, PALS is structured on rapid, accurate assessments and timely interventions. The goal of PALS is to recognize and treat harbingers of cardiac arrest in children before they progress to cardiac arrest.
The PALS certification course is designed for healthcare professionals who care for pediatric patients including physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, medical students, among other healthcare professionals (esp. NICU, PICU, pediatrics, trauma, and emergency medicine). Most hospitals, medical centers, and group practices require all staff to at least have BLS certification. Any staff members caring for infants and children are often required to obtain and maintain PALS certification. Initial PALS certification is valid for two years . In order to stay current with advances in pediatric resuscitation science, renewal is required every two years (as all AHA Life Support Courses).
OTHER COURSES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
This is an introductory course that reviews the main features of electrocardiogram strips. Methods for analyzing electrocardiograms will be presented. Course includes assessment of rhythms, calculating heart rates, observing P-wave forms, measurement of wave intervals and segments, and the evaluation of other relevant waves. At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to appropriately identify heart rates, heartbeat regularity, strength and timing of electrical signals, and any possible abnormal conditions. This course can be combined with the ACLS Pharmacology Course to create an ACLS Prep Course.
Airway management is an essential skill for health care providers caring for injured or critically ill patients. Rapid sequence induction (RSI) is the most frequently-used and successful means of intubation. This course will provide education on the skills crucial for optimal patient outcomes. Training will include airway anatomy and physiology, basic airway techniques, basic airway devices, normal and abnormal respiratory patterns, indications and procedures for intubation, monitoring equipment, and indications, procedures, and medications used in rapid sequence intubation. At the conclusion of this course, learners will have knowledge and skills in advanced airway management that are necessary in the critical care environment.
Running mock codes has many advantages that improve patient care including, keeping staff members' resuscitation skills sharp a non-threatening learning environment, ensuring that equipment and medication is available and that staff members know where to find them and how to use them, clarifying the roles of team members and ancillary staff during a code, and establishing a "gate keeper" plan to maintain order when visitors, family, and other staff members are crowding the area. Training your staff in BLS, ACLS, and PALS is the first step to saving lives, practicing on a regular basis is the second step. By scheduling regular mock codes with your staff, you ensure they are ready for emergencies no matter how long ago the initial training took place.
Knowing the names of drugs used in ACLS, as well as being familiar with primary uses and dosages for each particular medication makes you a much more effective healthcare professional facing an emergency situation. It is also important to know details about how these drugs work at the cellular level and specific cautions to prevent unwanted consequences. Many ACLS courses leave out important information about drugs and drug interactions that can impede effective life saving measures. RAW Training and Development always includes pharmacology as part of its courses, but if you took an ACLS course somewhere else and feel you need improvement in this area, or just want to brush up on pharmacology, this course will strengthen your knowledge base for successful ACLS practice whether at the bedside or in the field. This course can be combined with the ACLS Pharmacology Course to create an ACLS Prep Course.