Nursing Staff

2020 Guidelines AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course

AHA 2020 Guidelines ACLS Course Goal

The goal of the ACLS Provider Course is to improve outcomes for adult patients of cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies through early recognition and interventions by high-performance teams. 
AHA’s ACLS offering highlight the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. The course also covers airway management and related pharmacology.

AHA 2020 Guidelines ACLS Course Objectives

After successfully completing the ACLS Course, students should be able to: 
  • Define systems of care
  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for4 a systematic evaluation of adult patients
  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
  • Discuss early recognition and management of ACS, including appropriate disposition
  • Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
  • Recognize bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance 
  • Recognize respiratory arrest
  • Perform early management of respiratory arrest
  • Recognize cardiac arrest
  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including post-cardiac arrest care
  • Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient's physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team