Course Overview

The ACLS Update course builds on the foundation of Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac-arrest-care.

This course requires you to interpret EKG rhythms. Unless you work with EKG rhythms on a daily basis we strongly recommend that you practice reading EKGs prior to class.

In order to participate in the ACLS Update course it is required that each student has a current, unexpired, ACLS AHA certification. If your certification has expired or will expire prior to your attendance in the class, please register for the ACLS 2-Day Providers course.

Course Details
5 hours

This course covers these topics

  • ACLS Algorithms
  • Immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
  • Airway management
  • Rhythm recognition
  • High-quality CPR
  • 1- rescuer CPR AED
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Science overview (update course)
  • BLS and ACLS surveys
  • ACS
  • Megacode treatment
  • Identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations ( such as stroke)

This course is intended for

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • EMT’s
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Staff in intensive- care units and emergency or critical care departments
  • Other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency
  • Physician Assistants

Suggested text and learning

  1. Rapid Interpretation of EKGs by Dale Dubins, 6th edition
  2.  EKG simulators: 30-day Personal ECG Review by by Pace Symposia for $9.99
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Erin D.

I took the AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) training at Defib This previously and came back to renew my ACLS. The instructors and instructors in training were awesome with both teaching in an understandable way and sharing relevant stories to help with learning. I highly recommend Defib This for your BLS and ACLS certifications. They even provide coffee and snacks!

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Alan S.

The service was great, the facility looked clean and the instructors were great giving the class. Keep up the great work!

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J H.

I’ve been using Defibthis , for a few years now , since moving to the area , it’s my
“go to”, for my ACLS/PALS.. the schedule is very accommodating, with plenty of options for either online , or in person classes . The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and very personable .

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Andrea L.

Recently got certified for a newer skill. The instructor, Kim, was amazing. She took the time to explain, made the class interesting and kept it real in the sense that she gave realistic examples and scenarios. The facility was easy to find too. I always freak out about parking and the email sent prior to class helped alleviate that because it gave clear instructions on my options of where to park. I appreciate the facility for being organized, clean and having a restroom/water/coffee available. I’ll definitely be back in the future for any renewals. Thank you!

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