What are the main focuses of ACLS and PALS classes despite the new 2015 guidelines and recommendations provided by the American Heart Association (AHA)?
About Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Classes
As some of the AHA guidelines and recommendations have recently changed and been updated (i.e., in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support), it should be noted that our exceptional PDRE instructors strive to always teach the most important concepts which advanced healthcare providers require in order to be competent and constantly ready just in case advanced cardiac life support is ever needed and necessary, especially while basic life support is being provided to a patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest. There have been numerous updated key issues and major changes as per the 2015 AHA guidelines and recommendations highlighting topics in vasopressor use during resuscitation, antiarrhythmic medications for shock-refractory VF or Pulseless VT, end-tidal carbon dioxide for determining the end of resuscitation attempts, atropine for endotracheal intubation, the use of extracorporeal CPR as an alternative to the standard CPR, post-cardiac arrest drug therapy, post-cardiac arrest fluids and inotropes, post-cardiac arrest PaO2 and PaCO2, coronary angiography, targeted temperature management, hemodynamic goals after resuscitation, prognostication after cardiac arrest, organ donation, pre-hospital ECG acquisition and interpretation, reperfusion techniques, cardiac enzyme(s) to identify patients who can be safely discharged from the emergency department, opioid overdose education and naloxone training and distribution, opioid overdose treatment, intravenous lipid emulsion, and cardiac arrest in pregnancy.
However, the fundamental foundation of all advanced CPR courses during respiratory and/or cardiac arrest in either adults or pediatric patients is, first and foremost, to ensure continuous and effective clinical acumen and psychomotor skills to evaluative, identify, and intervene.