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ACLS: healthcare provider, training, certification, recertification, rescuers

ACLS: healthcare provider, training, certification, recertification, rescuers

ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is a medical care system used in emergency situations to provide life-saving treatment for cardiac arrest and other life-threatening medical emergencies.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the leader in providing ACLS training and certifications.

ACLS training is an advanced level of training that healthcare professionals must obtain to be able to recognize and intervene in life-threatening cardiac and respiratory emergencies. The training program consists of didactic education in the form of lectures, videos, simulated scenarios, and hands-on practice in the clinical setting. ACLS training focuses on recognizing and treating cardiac arrhythmias, airway management, and resuscitation techniques, including chest compressions and defibrillation.

ACLS certification is available to healthcare professionals who have successfully completed an AHA-approved ACLS training program. In order to be eligible for certification, healthcare professionals must have current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and have a minimum of one year of experience working in an environment where advanced life support is provided.

ACLS recertification is required every two years to maintain an individual's certification status. Recertification is available through an AHA-approved ACLS training program or through an approved online course. To be eligible for recertification, healthcare professionals must have current certification in BLS, have a minimum of one year of experience working in an environment where advanced life support is provided, and have successfully completed an AHA-approved recertification program.

Healthcare providers: Through their ACLS Certification program, healthcare providers, such as nurses, paramedics, and physicians, are trained and certified to perform these life-saving procedures. Healthcare providers who complete the AHA’s ACLS training and certification program are considered ACLS-certified and can administer ACLS protocols in emergency situations.

Rescuers: In addition to healthcare providers, the AHA also offers ACLS training and certification to rescuers. Rescuers are individuals who are not healthcare providers but who are trained to provide immediate medical care in emergency situations. The AHA’s ACLS for Rescuers program is designed to train rescuers in the life-saving skills and protocols needed to provide immediate medical care to patients in life-threatening medical emergencies.

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References

  • American Heart Association. (2020). About ACLS. Retrieved from https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/advanced-cardiac-life-support-acls/about-acls
  • American Heart Association. (2020). ACLS for Rescuers. Retrieved from https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/advanced-cardiac-life-support-acls/acls-for-rescuers
  • American Heart Association. (2020). Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Retrieved from https://cpr.heart.org/en/courses/acls
  • American Heart Association. (2020). BLS for healthcare providers. Retrieved from https://cpr.heart.org/en/courses/bls-for-healthcare-providers