Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a popular training program in Lethbridge First Aid, focusing on management of cardiac arrest inside a hospital or medical setting. It is a program for people who work in health care, specifically medical professionals. It prepares them to handle different cardiac and respiratory emergencies with proper medical equipment and medication.

If you are a medical professional looking for Advanced Cardiac Life Support or ACLS training, you’ve looked at the right place. Lethbridge First Aid offers quality training programs at very affordable rates all through the week.

Sign Up

Signing up is pretty simple. You can use the available form below to start signing up. Just fill in all necessarily details and we will process your request during business hours, from 8 AM to 5 PM. You will still need to come in in person to complete some details, such as payment.

Contacting us is similarly as simple. You can give us a call during business hours, or visit us in person! Our staff will be glad to assist you with your queries. You may even get a tour of our facility and an introduction to our ACLS curriculum.

Training in ACLS

Lethbridge First Aid’s ACLS program is two days long, needing 12 hours to complete. The recertification course is shorter, taking 5 to 6.5 hours to complete. Students enroll in recertification courses to renew their ACLS training credentials. In order to take ACLS training, students are required to take Basic Life Support for HCPs training and get certified beforehand.

The ACLS course teaches students how to perform advanced CPR on victims who get heart attacks in a medical set-up – that means medical equipment and medicine are all accessible and used to manage the cardiac emergency. In a medical set-up, the first responders are called the “code team”; they are composed of different members of the health care team – usually physicians and nurses.

ACLS at Lethbridge First Aid

If you sign up for ACLS training, you can expect the following concepts to be discussed in lectures and laboratory sessions.

  • Updates to the 2010 CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) guidelines
  • Refreshing basic skills in compressions, ventilations, and defibrillation.
  • Recognizing cardiac arrest and cardiac emergencies such as arrhythmias
  • Management of advanced airways
  • Cardiac pharmacology for adult patients
  • Management of common cardiac conditions such as ACS and stroke

Training certificates in ACLS are valid for three years before they need to be renewed. We offer ACLS renewal at Lethbridge First Aid – just inquire from our staff about available schedules.

Getting to know Coronary Artery Disease

CAD is one of the hard-hitters in terms of adult morbidities. It is a condition that affects the coronary arteries, or the vessels that supply the heart with blood. When these vessels become damaged or a develops a build-up of plaque, blood flow to cardiac muscle is severely hampered. Without adequate oxygen reaching the heart, it starts to malfunction and can eventually fail – which makes it a major risk factor for cardiac arrest.