Advanced Cardiac Life Support

What is ACLS?

At Windsor First Aid, we offer Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training to allied health professionals – health workers who can directly manage cardiorespiratory emergencies in a medical set-up. It is a long program, taking two days to complete over 12 hours. The main focus of this training course is advanced management of cardiorespiratory emergencies in adults in a medical set-up, such as a hospital or clinic. Expect to study the following topics:

  • Pharmacology (adult dosages and indications)
  • Compressions and ventilations for adult victims
  • Automated external defibrillation (monophasic and biphasic defibrillators)
  • Recognition of various cardiac conditions – arrhythmias, acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest, stroke
  • Dynamics of a code/resuscitation team
  • Familiarization with a crash cart

ACLS training costs 270 dollars. Before applying to this program, students must trained and be certified for CPR Level C (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers).  We also offer CPR Level C training at Windsor First Aid; it runs for 4.5 hours, with refresher classes being 4 hours long.

How do I get certified for ACLS training?

Complete the ACLS classes with full attendance and passing grades on both exams (written and skills tests) and Windsor First Aid will award you with a training certificate valid for three years. Before it expires, it can be renewed via our ACLS refresher course (5 to 6.5 hours) and another set of exams. New credentials are still valid for three years, but a health worker can choose to take the refresher course and exams sooner.

Signing up for training

Windsor First Aid is dedicated to providing a hassle-free experience to all its trainees, so it has made sure to make the enrollment process streamlined and accessible. There is a form below that can be filled up directly, no more downloads. Once you click submit, we will receive you personal and course details. Expect a confirmation from us during business hours (anytime between 8 AM and 5 PM).

Another way is to visit Windsor First Aid’s training facility in person! You can even get a tour and a introduction to our curriculum, care of our very friendly administrative staff.

Getting started with training: Epinephrine

When a patient “codes” or experiences a cardiac emergency, the common drug you will see used from the crash cart is epinephrine. In cases of cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating completely and manual chest compressions need to be given to the victim. Epinephrine is injected intravenously every two minutes in order to maximize the blood flow to the heart.

Epinephrine is more commonly known as adrenaline, and is a hormone that is naturally produced by the body’s adrenal glands. When a person is stressed or experiences intense emotions, the body produces more adrenalin, introducing the fight or flight response. It is a vasoconstrictor and bronchodilator, which is an important characteristic when epinephrine is being used in cardiorespiratory emergencies.

Give us a call or send us an e-mail with your inquiries. We will be sure to get back to you within the next business day. 

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