Advanced Cardiac Life Support

If you are a health care provider, you will most likely be asked by your employer (especially if you work in a hospital!) to get advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. We offer CPR training through the entire year, with Advanced Cardiac Life Support being one of the more popular courses. Students looking for advanced CPR training and certification will find a high quality training course at Hamilton First Aid.

Signing up for Advanced Cardiac Life Support is pretty easy. You can fill up the online form below to get started on the application process, or visit us in person to sign up for training. If you visit us during business hours, we will surely be able to give you a free tour and an introduction to our curriculum at Hamilton First Aid.

Advanced CPR Training

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support training program is a two-day training course, composed of lectures and laboratory sessions over a span of 12 hours. Because the training program is focused on in-hospital management, the target  audience is health care professionals. We typically get nurses are students for the ACLS program, but other health care professionals are encouraged to enroll.

In-hospital management cardiac arrest yields a higher survival rate than management of cardiac arrest without medication and medical equipment in a public place. When a patient experiences a heart attack in the hospital, management is performed by a code team – a group of health care professionals who specialize in managing cardiopulmonary emergencies.

The number of members of a code team varies, but the number ranges from 4 to 6, or even more. The main responsibilities include leading the code, giving compressions, giving ventilations, administering epinephrine, pulse checking, timing, and recording.

Students can only apply to Advanced Cardiac Life Support training once they’ve completed training and become certified for Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. The certificate for CPR Level C has to be valid (not expired) if the student wishes to get ACLS training.

ACLS Refresher Programs

To be awarded an ACLS training credential, you have to complete attendance to all the sessions over the two-day training course. There is also a certification exam you have to pass, both the written and practical portions of the examination. Immediately after you finish the exam, you will know if you passed (since the test is computerized). We will give you a temporary training certificate with the permanent credential to be mailed within the week.

Health Statistics in Canada

Though health care in Canada is one of the most accessible, the risk factors for cardiac disease are still prevalent. Sedentary lifestyle and a high body mass index have the highest statistics – both being risk factors for CAD or Coronary Artery Disease. Plaque in the arteries supplying the heart muscle with oxygenated blood causes the flow to slow, damaging the cardiac tissue. If the attack is a Myocardial Infarction, a portion of the heart dies completely and the condition is irreversible. In a Transient Ischemic Attack, the blood flow is only slowed – not completely cut off.

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