The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) activity has been updated to reflect the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC). 

The activity builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced activity highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication. It focuses on systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes. 

The goal of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support is to improve outcomes for adult patients of cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies through early recognition and interventions by high-performance teams.

Target Audience:

Healthcare providers who need ACLS for their clinical duties, including physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and others, as required by their employers

Major Topics:

  • Basic Life Support Skills
  • Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest 

  •  Peri-arrest Conditions 

  • Airway Management 

  •  Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and Stroke 

  •  Team Dynamics

Activity Duration:

Two days