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ACLS EP Course Canada


Our Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP) course takes your current knowledge of ACLS to the next level. You will expand upon what you learned in the ACLS course, using your critical-thinking skills to determine solutions for a variety of emergency scenarios. You will learn through instruction, by reenacting case studies, and in skills practice.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to make decisions and determine the right method for treatment. By the end of the training, you will be able to improve the outcome of complex cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and toxicologic emergencies.

Who Should Take ACLS EP?

ACLS EP is designed for healthcare providers in Canada who frequently use ACLS. You should already have experience in your field and be looking to improve your knowledge through advanced training. At a minimum, you should be proficient in BLS, ACLS, reading ECGs, and ACLS pharmacology.

The prerequisites to enroll are a current BLS course completion card, a current ACLS course completion card, and a score of at least 84 percent on the ACLS EP entrance exam. You can access this exam on the student website — a link is listed in the provider manual. You will have two attempts to pass.

What You Will Learn

In ACLS EP, you will learn the decision-making process to correctly diagnose and treat patients in pre-arrest, arrest, and post-arrest situations. This covers pre-hospital, emergency department, and in-hospital emergencies. You will learn the systematic approach to using BLS, primary, and secondary assessments, why high-quality CPR is critical for patient survival, and how to integrate BLS with ACLS interventions. Your instructor can also customize the training to meet any specific needs you have.

What the Training Involves

Everything you learn in our ACLS EP course is based on scientific evidence. During the training, you will consider which factors could cause a cardiac arrest and how knowledge of the cause should change your approach. You will also look for ways to use this information to create a pathway for prevention and to avoid cardiopulmonary collapse or death. This requires a strong prior knowledge of ACLS algorithms as well as fine-tuned ACLS skills.

Unlike the regular ACLS course, ACLS EP requires that you be prepared to take a team leader role in every scenario. Plus, a minimal amount of time is spent in lectures — to keep up, you will already need to be well-versed in ACLS theory. The focus is very much on practical skills. For instance, you will practice:

  • Providing BLS to a high standard
  • Airway management
  • Rhythm recognition
  • Defibrillation
  • IV and IO access
  • Cardioversion
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Resuscitation in a team

Certification for the ACLS EP Course

Successful completion of our ACLS EP course will earn you a Heart and Stroke completion card. This card is valid for two years and is recognized across Canada. To pass, you will need to attend all seven hours of the course and demonstrate a proficiency in skills as a team leader.

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