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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support - 2020 CPR & ECC Guidelines

The AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, as well as the 2019 Update to the 2018 ASA Ischemic Stroke Guidelines. The ACLS Course teaches the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, high-performance teams, continuous high-quality CPR, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmias, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

Course Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the ACLS Course, students should be able to
• Define systems of care
• Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult
• 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
• Perform early management of 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 immediate 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

Course Intended Audience

Designed for healthcare professionals who direct or manage cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies; personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units; physicians, nurses, and paramedics; and others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.