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Atlantic Training Center offers American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).  ACLS and PALS courses are designed for healthcare providers who may be called upon to provide advanced interventions during resuscitation of a patient.


Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

This course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of a hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support (CPR) to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Intended Audience:
The course is designed for healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The goal of the PALS course is to aid the healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Intended Audience:
For pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who direct or provide advanced life support in pediatric emergencies.

Access to a current ACLS or PALS textbook is required before and during the course. Students may purchase a textbook through Atlantic Training Center upon registration (use the mail registration form). Employees may also borrow a textbook from their facility's Medical Library.

ACLS/PALS Coordinator
Rory McGuinness

Phone (908) 522-2867
FAX (9
08) 522-2652

Atlantic Training Center also offers CPR and First Aid training to community groups, businesses, and the general public. Courses are held at all Atlantic Health hospitals, and on-site or private programs are also available.  Call (908) 522-2323 for information.


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