The AHA’s ACLS EP Course has been updated to reflect the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. In addition
to the 2015 AHA Guidelines CPR and ECC, ACLS EP has continued basis on
· 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/AHA Guidelines for the Management of STElevation Myocardial Infarction and the
· 2012 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guideline for the Management of Patients With Unstable Angina/Non–ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
The goal of ACLS EP is improving outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other (e.g., metabolic,
toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines using critical thinking and decision-making
strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, students enhance their skills in
the differential diagnosis and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest, and post-arrest patients.
After successfully completing the ACLS EP Course, students should be able to
· Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an AED
· Recognize and manage respiratory arrest
· Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including post–cardiac arrest care
· Demonstrate effective communication as leader or member of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
· Apply the systematic approach to assessment, evaluation, and management of complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies
The ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text eBook is the electronic equivalent of the AHA’s ACLS EP Manual and
Resource Text. It offers an alternative to the printed course manual and resource and is for use by a single
student before, during, and after the ACLS EP Course.
The following separate supplementary tools are automatically included with the purchase of the ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text eBook:
· ACLS Digital Pocket Reference Card Set
· ACLS EP Systematic Approach Digital Pocket Reference Card
These tools are the electronic equivalents of the ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set, and the ACLS EP Systematic Approach Pocket Reference Card.
The AHA’s eBook Store provides 24/7 access to browse, purchase, view, and download AHA CPR, first aid, and
advanced cardiovascular care materials. The AHA’s eBooks Store supports online access via Internet browser or
offline access on mobile devices using the AHA eBooks app or the offline reader, iPublishCentral.
Minimum technical requirements are available at https://ebooks.heart.org/staticcms/support.
The ACLS EP Course is for seasoned healthcare providers who manage complex cardiovascular, respiratory,
and other emergencies; those who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting
ECGs, understanding ACLS pharmacology; and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment
and treatment of prearrest, arrest, or postarrest patients. This audience includes physicians, paramedics, and
emergency department or critical care nurses. Also, the Course Director may allow other professionals who
are deeply involved in the field of resuscitation, including scientists, educators, and researchers, to take this
Continuing Education (CE) Information:
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 6.75 Advanced CEHs,
activity number 17-AMHA-F2-0026.
By claiming CAPCE credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart
Association as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the
CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such
regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In
addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting
**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE credit will no longer be available once
the six-month credit claiming period has elapsed.