The American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is
designed for healthcare providers. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance
their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardio-
pulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support care;
recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions; managing
cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary
syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and
providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.
The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is intended to
aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary
to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective
respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardio version; intra-osseous
access and fluid bolus administration; sand effective resuscitation team dynamics.