Class Descriptions

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by Alan

ACLS = Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Course Description

The ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology.

Course Length:

Initial Course Approximately 12 hours

Renewal Course Approximately 5 hours

Intended Audience

Physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, staff in intensive care units, emergency or critical care departments, and other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

PALS = Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Course Description

The PALS course is designed to provide pediatric healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children and help improve outcomes.

Course Length:

Initial Course Approximately 12 hours

Renewal Course Approximately 6 hours

Intended Audience

Pediatricians, emergency room personnel, family, and other physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, paramedics. respiratory therapists, and other providers required to initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies.

BLS Healthcare Provider Course

Course Description

The BLS Healthcare Provider Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. The course is intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or nonlicensed healthcare professionals.  As of January 1st, 2011 all professionals working in the dental field are now required to obtain an American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider CPR certification.

Course Length:

Approximately 4½ hours

Intended Audience

Healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician’s assistants, residents or fellows, or medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, police officers, and other allied health personnel.

Community CPR

Course Description

The Community CPR course is designed to provide lay rescuers the fundamental skills and confidence to perform CPR on adult, children, or infants. This course will teach participants in how to recognize and alleviate airway obstructions, the proper use of an AED, and the signs, symptoms, and corrective action for a stroke or heart attack.

Course Length:

Approximately 2 hours

Intended Audience

This course is strongly recommended for all of the general public. This course will not fill the requirements for health care providers.

First Aid

Course Description

The First Aid course is designed to provide rescuers the fundamental skills to recognize and treat medical emergencies. This course will teach students scene safety, the signs and symptoms of diabetes, stroke, and seizures and how to best treat these emergencies. Students will also learn how to control bleeding, treat for shock and burns, and minimize spinal damage due to head and spine injuries. In addition, students will get hands-on practice in dealing with blood borne pathogen safety, controlling bleeding, and dealing with broken bones and sprains.

Course Length:

Approximately 4 hours

Intended Audience

This course is recommended for the general public whom might respond to medical emergencies. First aid training would be especially valuable to construction, warehouse, and factory workers, coaches, teachers, child care providers, babysitters, security personnel, and facility M.E.R.T (Medical Emergency Response Teams) members.

Blood Borne Pathogen

Course Description

The Blood Borne Pathogen course will provide training and education in how to minimize the exposure risk to individuals from bio hazardous waste. This course will teach students about Universal Precautions and BSI (body substance isolation), proper use and techniques of donning and doffing gloves, disposing of sharps, biohazard clean up, and the proper reporting procedures for exposures.

Course Length:

Approximately 1 hour

Intended Audience

The Blood Borne Pathogen course is designed for people who have a reasonable chance of coming into contact with blood or blood containing materials as part of their job responsibilities.