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Advanced Cardiac Life Support

People s hearts stop beating every day. For many people this cessation of pulse is premature - their hearts should be too good to die. Resuscitative efforts can restore these hearts to spontaneous activity before the brain has been permanently injured. The core purpose of emergency cardiac care is to provide effective care as soon as possible to these hearts that have stopped beating. Rapid restoration of a spontaneously beating heart produces the best chance of achieving the ultimate goal - a thinking, feeling, healthy human being"

The above quote from chapter 1 of the ACLS manual sums up the goals of the ACLS course - to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular emergencies by providing healthcare professionals with guidelines and information on resuscitation.

The knowledge and skills obtained on the ACLS course include:

  • Airway Management and Endotracheal Intubation
  • Non-Invasive airway techniques and devices
    • recovery position
    • nasal cannulae
    • venturi masks
    • barrier devices for ventilation
    • oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal devices
    • pocket face masks
    • bag-valve mask ventilation
    • cricoid pressure
  • Techniques of administering oxygen
    • oxygen cylinders
    • cricothyrotomy
    • transtracheal catheter ventilation
  • Endotracheal intubation
    • orally
    • nasally
    • tracheobronchial suctioning
    • tracheo-oesophageal obturator devices
  • The Major ACLS Emergency Conditions
    • respiratory arrest
    • ventricular fibrillation and Pulseless ventricular tachycardia
    • pulseless electrical activity
    • asystole
    • bradycardias
    • tachycardias
    • acute myocardial infarction
    • hypotension/shock and acute pulmonary oedema
  • Electrical Therapy
    • defibrillation with automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
    • defibrillation with conventional defibrillators
    • use of the defibrillator as a cardiac monitor
    • synchronised cardioversion
    • transcutaneous pacing
  • Intravenous and Invasive Theraputic and Monitoring Techniques
    • peripheral lines
    • central lines
    • pericardiocentesis
    • needle thoracostomy
  • ECG Rhythms
  • Lethal Arrythmias
    • ventricular fibrillation
    • ventricular tachycardia
    • asystole
    • pulseless electrical activity
  • Normal sinus rhythm
  • Bradycardias
    • sinus bradycardia
    • trioventricular blocks
  • Tachycardias
    • sinus tachycardia
    • atrial tachycardia with various degrees of block
    • atrial fibrillation
    • atrial flutter
    • paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
    • wide-complex tachycardias
  • Premature ventricular complexes
  • ECG criteria for acute ischaemia, injury and infarction
  • Pacemaker spikes
  • Artifact from lead detachment, movement or electrical interference
  • Special Resuscitation Situations
    • stroke
    • hypothermia
    • drowning and near-drowning
    • cardiac arrest associated with trauma v
    • electricution and lightning
    • cardiac arrest associated with pregnancy
    • drug overdosage

Course Details 2005

The ACLS course is a 2 day intense, practical and interactive training session. Participants are required to pass the ACLS pre-entry test before certification as an ACLS provider. Extensive knowledge of the American Heart Association s current Textbook of Advanced Cardiac Life Support, particularly Chapter 1, is essential to pass this pre-test. A current BLS certificate obtained in the previous 12 months is a prerequisite for the course. A 5 hour Healthcare Provider BLS course is always held on the afternoon prior to the ACLS course for anyone without a current BLS certificate.

Refresher courses are required every 2 years in order to maintain registration with the Resuscitation Council.

This course is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa for CPD points.

The current prices are as follows: R 750 for BLS and R 2450.00 for ACLS

Payment must be made no later than 6 weeks prior to a course in order to confirm the place on the course.

Banking Details

Standard Bank (Parktown)
Branch Number: 035544
Account Number: 200474707
Type of Account: Cheque

Course Dates 2006

  • April 1-3
  • May 6-8
  • June 3-5
  • July 1-3
  • August 12-14
  • September 2-4
  • September 30-2 October
  • November 4-6
  • December 2-4

Contact Information

Contact Serah van Vuuren for bookings
ACLS Course Coordinator
Johannesburg Hospital Trauma Unit
Postnet Suite 235
Private Bag X 2600
Tel: 27-11-488-3373
Fax: 27-11-433-4322