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Pre-course Requirements

You are required to bring a print-out of both your PALS & ACLS Precourse Assessment Completions to class. To access the Precourse Assessments go to www.heart.org/eccstudent 

  • ACLS Code: acls15
  • PALS Code: pals15

Study Tips

It is strongly suggested that you pick up your Provider Manuals well before your course date. It is important to review the study guides and prepare yourself for the course using these manuals. Honestly, the flip-book won’t cut it this year.  

ACLS:

The 2015 ACLS Course is HEAVY on rhythm interpretation. Please allow yourself adequate time to study rhythms, especially second degree blocks.

PALS: 

Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS Course does not present the details of each algorithm. Review and understand the information in the PALS Provider Manual and on the Precourse Assessment. Pay particular attention to the Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment, the Evaluate-Identify-Intervene Model, and the Management of Respiratory and Circulatory Abnormalities.

The required Pre-Course Assessments are an excellent study tool!  Be sure to take notes as you complete it.  And remember to print out a copy of the completed assessment and bring it with you to class!

aBLS Competency: Be prepared to pass the Skills Tests for 1-Rescuer and 2-Rescuer Child and Infant BLS with AED. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. You must know this in advance. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2015  BLS guidelines, especially as they relate to pediatric patients. You may find this information in the BLS Provider Manual.

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Phillip D.

2/29/24

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Linda B.

2/27/24

I’m not a fan of online surveys.

I attended my ACLS recertification class and BLS Challenge yesterday, and enjoyed being in a classroom and learning.

I’m glad to see that in-classroom classes are mandatory for certifications and re-certifications. Effective teams are important in healthcare, and one of the best ways to work on team dynamics is participating in person. (ZOOM classes IMHO do not necessarily provide the best learning outcomes.)

The instructor. Alex Williams, did a great job providing realistic practicums for each individual student, knowing their backgrounds and what they would encounter in their clinical practice. He is also very knowledgable on the critical thinking skills for a successful resuscitation.

Facility bathroom needs work with the toilet paper dispenser (could not load the paper) and the soap dispensers not working. There was no stand alone (hand pump) soap dispenser or hand sanitizer.

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Martha N.

2/7/24

Good Afternoon Defib

I had my BLS course yesterday . Service was great. The receptionist greeted me with a smile ..

Facility was clean . One thing I would say is that it was cold and other students agreed as well . I always enjoy Bob F. his instruction makes the class enjoyable. He is easily approachable when I have questions or concerns and very knowledgeable.

See you in two years  

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Jared B.

1/20/24

Excellent classes and staff!

Aki is very knowledgeable, supportive, and helpful!

You will have a stronger resume when you put Defib This classes on it!

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