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EMS 241 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Refresher
Credit Hours:  .5
Effective Term: Fall 2011
SUN#: None
AGEC: (None)  
Credit Breakdown: .5 Lecture
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Designed for all levels of emergency medical technicians, nurses, physicians, and physicians' assistants to assure maintenance of didactic and psychomotor skill training in techniques of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) according to the 2005 Standards and Guidelines of the American Heart Association. Course includes endotracheal intubation, ECG arrhythmia recognition, synchronized and unsynchronized and automated defibrillation, cardiovascular pharmacology and electric pacemaker.

Prerequisites: Current CPR provider level, ACLS provider level

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge Level) Describe the concepts of the Chain of Survival according to American Heart Association Standards and Guidelines.
2. (Knowledge Level) List and describe the causes of sudden cardiac death.
3. (Application Level) Demonstrate one- and two-person Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques in the basic life support for adult and child, obstructed airway maneuvers for conscious and unconscious for adult, child and infant, and CPR for infant victims.
4. (Application Level) Correctly apply the face mask, nasal cannula, non-rebreathing mask, and bag-valve-mask devices, insert oral and nasal airway noting the percentage of oxygen delivered for each adjunct.
5. (Application Level) Perform nasal and tracheal suction techniques and endotracheal intubation.
6. (Analysis Level) Interpret the basic ECG arrhythmias.
7. (Analysis Level) Identify at least 85% of the steps in the universal algorithm for adult emergency cardiac care, early management of patients with chest pain, signs, and symptoms of myocardial infarction.
8. (Analysis Level) Identify the indications, contraindications, actions, side effects, uses and dosages of emergency cardiac drugs.
9. (Evaluate Level) Describe indications, techniques and complications for peripheral and central venous access.
10. (Analysis Level) Identify and illustrate transcutaneous pacing, defibrillation, synchronized and unsynchronized cardioversion.
11. (Evaluation Level) Describe special resuscitation situations to include stroke, traumatic cardiac arrest, shock, congestive heart failure, near drowning, and hypothermia.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Demonstrate correct treatments for a patient in stable and unstable cardiac rhythms per American Heart Association standards. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=9181.
2. Demonstrate correct CPR, electrical and pharmacological interventions, and airway management per current American Heart Association standards.
3. Complete written and skills evaluations according to American Heart Association or ASHI standards.