Advanced Life Support Course
The ALS course teaches the theory and practical skills to effectively treat cardiorespiratory arrest, peri-arrest situations and special circumstances, and to prepare senior members of a multidisciplinary team to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care area is possible.
Who the course is suitable for
This 2 day course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. A&E, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, medical admissions units) or on the cardiac arrest / medical emergency team and paramedics. All applicants should hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification.
The course comprises lectures, practical skill stations, workshops and assessments. The manual is sent to the candidate one month before the course date and the candidate is strongly advised to study this thoroughly before completing a pre-course multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ). This MCQ must be handed in, with the question paper, on arrival at the course centre. This pre-course assessment provides a baseline measure upon which new learning can be evaluated and it should be completed without reference to the manual.
Competence in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an essential prerequisite to the course.
Advanced Life Support in Perspective, Causes and Prevention of Cardiac Arrest, Acute Coronary Syndromes, ALS Treatment Algorithm, Post Resuscitation Care
Skill Stations and Workshops
Airway Management, Monitoring, Rhythm Recognition and 12-lead ECG, Initial Assessment and Resuscitation , Tachycardias and bradycardias Blood Gases, Cardiac Arrest in Special Circumstances, Cardiac Arrest Management (CASTeach)
Ethics / Legal aspects / DNAR
An experienced faculty will give a teaching demonstration. This introduces the concept of role-play and simulated cardiac arrest management, assessment of the critically ill patient, shockable / non-shockable algorithms, positive critiquing, and team leadership skills.
Assessments are based on clinical scenarios that allow the candidate to effectively demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course.
An MCQ paper is taken on the last day.