Heart & Stroke’s traditional classroom-based, instructor-led Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) has been re-factored to enable virtual learning facilitated by an instructor during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this program is to support healthcare services who are attempting to ensure the maintenance of quality patient care in the on-boarding of retired personnel, the movement of clinicians from non-patient care areas, and solidifying the knowledge and abilities of the existing workforce. This virtual cognitive course is intended to address the challenge of mobilizing face-to-face sessions and conducting skills practice and testing during the contact precautions mandated by Health Canada and Public Health Agencies by offering an alternative formula.
ACLS is the pre-eminent resuscitation course for the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This course takes the foundational concepts and skills of Basic Life Support (BLS) to the next level. Learners will be trained in the cognitive components of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, immediate post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmia management, stroke and acute coronary syndromes. Participants of this course are provided with the knowledge and tools to become a strong and reliable member of an ACLS team.
Delivered across 2 parts, the interim training is meant to solve:
- Part 1: Virtual cognitive learning – Successful participants will earn a temporary certificate, valid during the pandemic, indicating they passed this virtual cognitive component. This session is meant to prepare healthcare providers with the knowledge and ability to be an effective member of a healthcare team and get them up-to-speed quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Part 2: Hands-on skills practice and skills testing component – This will take place when physical distance requirements have been lifted (after the pandemic). Following the successful completion of the Skills course the student will earn a full ACLS Provider certification, valid for 2 years.