Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training at Griffin Hospital

  

ACLS Course Description

The ACLS course focuses on the management of adult patients in cardiac arrest, the management of stable and unstable bradycardias and tachycardia, provides an overview of the initial care of acute coronary syndrome and acute ischemic stroke, and reinforces the importance of basic life support as the foundation for advanced cardiovascular life support. View upcoming course dates, and register for courses.

PALS Course Description

The PALS course focuses on the identification, treatment and stabilization of critically ill pediatric patients including those in respiratory arrest or cardiac arrest. The course reinforces the importance of basic life support as the foundation for pediatric advanced life support. View upcoming course dates, and register for courses.

American Heart Association

All ACLS and PALS courses are taught by certified American Heart Association instructors. Training is sponsored by the Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse Program, the official American Heart Association Training Center (TC) for the hospital.

Initial Provider and Renewal Courses

Initial provider courses are geared toward first-time participants or providers who have let their certification lapse. Renewal courses are intended for providers who are certified currently or very recently lapsed. Initial programs are two days in length, and run about six hours each day.

Renewal programs are one day, and last about 7 hours.

Course Prerequisites

Course participants are generally advanced level healthcare providers and all participants must have an understanding of basic pharmacology and be able to identify basic ECG rhythms and dysrhythmias. All participants must have a current basic life support (healthcare provider level CPR) certification which reflects the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines at the time of the ACLS or PALS course. Griffin Hospital employees should have the training time pre-approved by their supervisor or director, unless utilizing personal time for the class.

Cost

Cost listed does not include a textbook. Please see Textbooks for more information.

The cost of the course for employees (full-time, part-time, per diem, etc.) is $8.00 regardless of the course type (ACLS or PALS, Initial or Renewal).

The cost of an initial provider course for non-employees is $175.00 and $125 for a renewal course.

EMS providers and medical students pay $100.00 for an initial program and $75.00 for a renewal class. Medical students are entitled to the discount rate only when on rotation at Griffin Hospital; otherwise, they pay the same price as non-employees.

A skills evaluation session (Heartcode ACLS Parts 2 and 3) for anyone who completes the online training program is $55.00. See Online Training.

Payment

Payment is due the day of class, and a pre-registration fee is not required to reserve a place in the course. Students may pay by cash (please bring exact change) or check which should be made payable to the “Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Program.”

Textbooks

ALCS and PALS student manuals are available to all students approximately one week prior to class. The cost of the text is not included in the course price. At the conclusion of the course, the students are required to return the textbook. Participants may opt to keep the book but are required to pay for it in addition to the course fee. ACLS textbooks are $33.50 each and PALS student manuals are $38.50 each. ACLS and PALS student manuals are available as reference books in the Griffin Hospital Resource Center.

Online Training (www.onlineaha.org)

The ACLS training program, initial or renewal, may be conducted online. After completion of the course, students are required to complete a live training session with an ACLS instructor and cover the following skills testing items:

  • 1-Rescuer Adult CPR and AED
  • Bag-mask Ventilation
  • Megacode

Cost for Heartcode ACLS Parts 2 and 3 is $55.00. Interested participants should call to make an appointment. See Contact Information.

PALS training online is not offered at this time. CPR (Basic Life Support) is offered online.

Griffin Hospital employees should inquire with their directors to discuss whether or not online training is permissible.

For more information about online American Heart Association Courses, please visit the AHA training website at www.onlineaha.org.

Contact Information

For more information about ACLS and PALS courses, please contact: Joseph Burnett, ACLS/PALS Training Coordinator - (203) 732-7195, jburnett@griffinhealth.org.

For more information about the Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse AHA Training Center, please contact: Cathi Kellett, Training Center Coordinator - (203) 732-1337, ckellett@griffinhealth.org.

ACLS & PALS Training at Griffin Hospital

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