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.
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
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.
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.
Phone (908) 522-2867
FAX (908) 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.