Our ALS Courses

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Advanced Life Support (ALS) course is a standardised national course teaching evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals in Australia. The ALS course has been co-badged from the Resuscitation Council (UK) European Resuscitation Council ALS Ccourse, which has also been adopted by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

All co-badged courses in Australia are regulated by the ARC. The course credentials are cross-recognised by the RC (UK), New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC) and the European Resuscitation Council ERC.

ALS certificates provided by the NZRC RC(UK), (ERC) are recognised by the ARC. The RC (UK) and ERC use the same evidence based teaching material, program and assessment processes.

The goal of the ALS level 2 course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (eg, metabolic, toxicological) emergencies by expanding on core ALS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest and post-arrest patients.

Advanced Life Support Level 1

A one-day course aimed at providing the candidate with the skills and knowledge to manage the patient in the immediate period of crisis.

It includes the recognition, assessment and immediate management of the deteriorating patient.

Candidates are sent a manual at least two weeks prior to the course to commence preparation for the face-to-face component. This includes those skills for dealing with a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies in a clinical setting.

Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations including CPR and defibrillation/AED skills, bag-mask ventilation skills, students receive an ALS course completion card, valid for four years.

  • Recognition, assessment and management of the critically ill patient using a structured ABCDE approach.
  • Airway management skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation skills (Manual and/or AED modes)
  • Cardiac arrest management using the ARC ALS Algorithm
  • Work as an effective team member in a cardiac arrest
Advanced Life Support Level / Immediate Life Support

Advanced Life Support (Level 2)

This is a two-day course with the focus on the developing advanced skills in managing deteriorating patient and cardiac arrest.

The course is designed for healthcare professionals with who would be expected to apply those skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis.

Appropriate participants include doctors, and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, acute admissions units) or in the resuscitation /medical emergency team, and paramedics.

Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations including CPR, defibrillation, bag-mask ventilation, a CasTest and a written assessment, students receive an ALS course completion card, valid for four years.

This course requires the completion of a pre-course assessment.

  • Recognition, assessment and management of the critically ill patient using a structured ABCDE approach.
  • Advanced airway management skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation skills (Manual)
  • Cardiac arrest management using the ARC ALS Algorithm
  • Work as an effective leader and team member in a cardiac arrest
  • Treat cardiac and/or respiratory arrest
  • Preparing and planning for post resuscitation care
  • Care for the deteriorating patient or patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest in special circumstances such as asthma, anaphylaxis, and pregnancy
  • Lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover
Advanced Life Support Level 2Advanced Life Support Room

ALS 2 Refresher Course

Objective

The ALS re certification course is designed to refresh the theory and practical skills required by senior members of a multi-disciplinary team to manage peri-arrest situations and to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care area. The complexity and management of cardiac arrest situations, including decision making and effective communication with the team is included.

Eligibility
Only those candidates who hold a valid ALS Provider certificate are eligible to attend the one day re-certification course. Certificates are valid for 4 years. It is not recommended that candidates attend a re-certification course if more than one year has elapsed since the expiry date of their Provider certificate.

Pre-course preparation
This course lasts for one day and consists of an update lecture and practical stations and assessments. Candidates must have a current ALS manual. Course material (and manual if required) will be forwarded one month prior to the course and the candidate is advised to study the manual thoroughly before completing a pre-course multiple choice paper, which must be handed in with the question paper on arrival. The pre-course test does not form part of the final assessment and should be completed without reference to the manual. Competence in CPR is expected. Participants are advised to practice CPR before the course.

Course format:

Lecture

There is one lecture on this course which is a review of Guidelines 2010 and an update on ALS Protocols.

Practical Stations

  • Airway
  • Initial Assessment and Resuscitation
  • Cardiac Arrest and Management (CASTeach)

Assessment
At the end of the day, theoretical knowledge is assessed by means of a multiple choice question paper. Practical skills assessed include: airway management, initial assessment and resuscitation and simulations that allow the candidate to effectively demonstrate core competencies.