This is a “Low stress” 16-hour American Heart Association curriculum for the inexperienced person. The course includes an advanced airway component that allows participants to learn and practice Bag Valve Mask techniques, endotracheal intubation , the Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA), and the Combitube skills.

Another portion of the class includes ECG analysis and interpretation. The students will review the Sinus Bradycardia, Normal Sinus Rhythm, Sinus Tachycardia, PSVT, Atrial Flutter, Atrial Fibrillation, Ventricular Fibrillation, Asystole, PVC’s, PAC’s, First Degree, Second Degree (type I and II), Third Degree heart blocks, Junctional, Pacemaker, Pulseless Electrical Activity, Agonal rhythms, and artifact. After the lesson, the students are given an ECG rhythm strip evaluation to ensure proficiency in this critical area.

A “Hands on” review of the Lifepac 12 including; set up, monitoring, defibrillation, pacing, cardioversion, capnography, Setting up the AED, and confirming Asystole in two leads will also be presented.

The final component of the class will be the Medication Update and Pharmacology Review. A review of the medications currently being used will be covered. Any drugs that have recently been added to local protocols will be highlighted to ensure that all participants have a complete understanding of the indications, contraindications, actions, and dosages of these drugs.

Once the above topics have been covered we “Put it all together”. This is done by utilizing all the information that has been presented to the students. This information allows students to observe a “Megacode” that is presented by the instructors. Observing the Megacode reinforces the information that the students have learned and reduces their level of stress by letting them know what is expected of them during their Megacode evaluations.

The evaluation portion of the class would then commence and consists of two segments, a written examination and a megacode evaluation station. One group of students begins the written examination. The other group begins their megacode evaluations using the “Team concept”. After students complete their Megacodes they move to the written test area and take their tests.

The cost for this course is $140.00.

The American Heart Association requires that all students have the required text prior to, and during the course. The students can purchase their own ACLS book from several AHA approved vendors, or they can arrange to check one out from our library*.

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