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Healthcare Training

BLS for Healthcare Providers

The BLS for Healthcare Providers Course covers core material such as adult and pediatric CPR (including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag mask), foreign-body airway obstruction, and automated external defibrillation. For healthcare providers such as EMS personnel, physician assistants, doctors, dentists, nurses, and respiratory therapists who must have a credential(card) documenting successful completion of a CPR course. This would also include nursing students, EMT students and anyone that is interested in becoming a BLS Instructor.

This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 3 units of continuing education.

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS builds on the foundation of lifesaving basic life support (BLS) skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication; systems of care; and recognition of and intervention in cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

The ACLS course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units -- such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics -- as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric 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 pediatic assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus adminstration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

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

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ECG & Pharmacology

The adult ECG & Pharmacology Course addresses a key knowledge gap in electrocardiogram (ECG) and pharmacology, and focuses on specific ECG recognition skills and drug treatment knowledge.

The course is a pre-course option for ACLS or PALS students and other healthcare providers, or is also intended for ACLS or PALS students who complete the ACLS or PALS pre-course self-assessment and find they need to improve their knowledge.

The course provides training for:

  • Healthcare providers whose occupation or volunteer activities require airway management skills
  • Professionals in the field of resuscitation and airway management
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Airway Management

The Airway Management course includes five individual modules that can be taught together as a course or used as add-ons to either a BLS for Healthcare Providers or an ACLS course.

The modules are designed for facilitator-led, small-group interaction and can be combined based on students' needs and scope of practice.

The five modules are:

  • Bag-Mask Ventilation and Airway Adjuncts (required)
  • Laryngeal Mask Airway
  • Esophageal-Tracheal Combitube
  • Endotracheal Tube
  • Impedance Threshold Device
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STEMI

This self-study course is intended to help out-of-hospital and emergency department personnel rapidly assess, diagnose, and treat ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.

Covers systems of care for:

  • STEMI
  • STEMI identification and treatment
  • Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) pathophysiology

Course length is approximately 5 hours if all five modules are taught.

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Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS®)

The PEARS course helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children. Targeted toward healthcare providers who infrequently see critically ill or injured infants and children, the goal of this course is to improve the quality of care provided, resulting in improved outcomes.

The PEARS course covers:

  • recognition of respiratory distress, shock, and cardiac arrest
  • appropriate lifesaving interventions to take within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider
  • resuscitation team concept

PEARS training is intended for any healthcare provider and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations in the course of their work.

PEARS training is not intended for those with staff members who routinely provide pediatric care and are required to have PALS certification.

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Community Training

Heartsaver® CPR AED

This course is designed to prepare students to provide CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

The Heartsaver CPR Course teaches CPR and relief of choking in adults and children and infant CPR and relief of choking, and use of barrier devices for all ages.

For those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This would include teachers, fitness trainers and coaches.

(Healthcare Providers, including Nursing and EMT Students, please register for BLS for Healthcare Providers.)

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Heartsaver® First Aid

This course is designed to prepare students to provide first aid in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

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Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

This course is designed to prepare students to provide first aid and CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

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Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

The Instructor-led, classroom-based Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course teaches child-care providers, parents and grandparents, educators, and others critical skills and knowledge needed to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or an infant in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrives

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Heartsaver® Bloodborne Pathogens

AHA's course uses the PACT acronym (Protect, Act, Clean, Tell) and slogan, "Make a PACT, Know How to Act" to help students learn and easily recall bloodborne pathogens training.

Students learn how to:

  • Protect themselves from exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • Act when exposed to blood or blood-containing materials in the workplace
  • Clean themselves and the area when exposed to blood or blood-containing materials in the workplace
  • Tell or report any exposure to blood or blood-containing materials in the workplace
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