Key science changes include the new CPR sequence, a continued emphasis on high quality CPR and the use of continuous waveform capnography to monitor CPR quality and detect ROSC.

HeartCode® ACLS is the Heart and Stroke Foundation's online, self-paced Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) instructional program. It uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation. After completing the knowledge-based portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with a Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSFC) ACLS Instructor. Upon successful completion of the part 2 and 3 Completer Course-knowledge and skills tests, students receive a HSFC ACLS course completion card.

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Product Specifications:

Presents 10 interactive, hospital-based patient scenarios, using eSimulation technology:

  • One BLS case
  • Seven cases representing cardiovascular, respiratory and stroke emergencies
  • Two Megacode cases
  • Precourse self-assessment gauges students’ knowledge and application of ECG recognition and pharmacology
  • Videos summarize critical concepts for each patient scenario
  • Team dynamics lesson reinforces critical concepts for communication and effectiveness
  • Emphasis on effective code team leader skills
  • Students assess and virtually treat patients following the ACLS algorithms
  • Debriefings and coaching provided immediately after each simulation, with hyperlinks to the referenced section of the ACLS Provider Manual
  • Multiple choice, 50-question exam to test cognitive knowledge; program immediately identifies incorrect answers and provides a hyperlink to the appropriate section of the ACLS Provider Manual for instant remediation
  • Certificate of completion available to print when Part 1 has been completed successfully
  • Includes online access to the ACLS Provider Manual and localized clinical guidelines from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Provides access to all information in course for 24 months (two years) following activation of course key
  • Students have up to 32 hours of active time in the program to complete the course

* Reference: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.