American Heart Association Courses

 

The Department of EMS Education offers the following American Heart Association courses:


  

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)


 ACLS Provider  2014 Application
 ACLS Refresher  2014 Application. 

The ACLS course is designed for healthcare professionals, who are involved in the management and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest and cardiovascular emergencies, including people involved in the emergency response (paramedics), emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care.  The ACLS course is designed to review, organize, and prioritize information and skills needed to manage a cardiac arrest, and the time period immediately before and after a cardiac arrest.  Please submit a copy of your current BLS for Healthcare Providers card with your ACLS application.  Upon completion, you receive a course completion card which is good for 2 years.

 

Topics covered include:

  • BLS skills (such as chest compression, use of a BVM and AED)
  • Recognition and management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Airway management
  • Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes and strokes
  • Related pharmacology
  • 2010 Guidelines updates

The ACLS provider course is designed for people who have never taken an ACLS course before.  The ACLS refresher course is designed for people who need to renew their certification.  In order to qualify for the ACLS refresher program, you should have a current, non-expired ACLS card.

 

The ACLS provider course costs $220 per person, or $150 for Hartford Hospital employees and sponsored paramedics (employees please include your Hartford Hospital employee ID number in order to qualify for the reduced rate).  The course duration is 16 hours (two 8-hour days, and you must attend both days).  2014 Application

The ACLS refresher course costs $150 per person, or $120 for Hartford Hospital employees and sponsored paramedics (employees please include your Hartford Hospital employee ID number in order to qualify for the reduced rate).  The course duration is one 8-hour day.  2014 Application.


 

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers


BLS for HealthCare Providers   2014 Application  


The BLS for Healthcare Providers course is designed for healthcare professionals, such as nurses, doctors, PAs, EMTs, and paramedics.  This course is designed to review, organize, and prioritize the information and skills needed to manage a cardiac arrest or other life threatening emergency (such as an airway obstruction) at the BLS level.  Upon completion, you receive a course completion card, which is good for 2 years.

 

Topics covered include:

  • 1- and 2-rescure CPR for the adult, child, and infant
  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use
  • Differences between adult, child, and infant rescue techniques
  • Bag-mask ventilation
  • Rescue breathing
  • Relief of choking for the adult, child, and infant
  • CPR with an advanced airway in place
  • 2010 Guidelines updates

We offer the BLS for Healthcare Providers course as either a weeknight course or a weekend course.  The cost is $85 per person, or $55 for Hartford Hospital employees and sponsored paramedics (employees please include your Hartford Hospital employee ID number in order to qualify for the reduced rate).  The duration of the course is approximately 4.5 hours.

 

 2014 Application


 

Heartsaver Courses

Heartsaver courses are designed for people with limited or no medical training who need a course completion card for their job (in order to meet job or regulatory requirements).  This course is usually not sufficient for anyone directly involved in patient care.  

 

The Heartsaver CPR and AED course teaches adult CPR and AED use, child CPR and AED use, and infant CPR.  The new 2010 Guidelines from the AHA are also discussed.

 

The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches how to respond in an emergency situation until professional help (EMS) arrives.  Topics include basic first aid, medical emergencies, and injuries.

 

The Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, and AED course covers all the material that would be covered in a Heartsaver First Aid and Heartsaver CPR and AED courses.

 

The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid course is designed for childcare workers (coaches, teachers, camp counselors, etc).  Topics covered include medical emergencies, injuries, asthma, CPR and AED use, and a variety of pediatric first aid topics.

 

We do not have a set schedule for Heartsaver courses, but if you have a group of people who are interested, we are willing and able to run a course for you.  For more information or to schedule a Heartsaver course, contact us at Education.EMS@hhchealth.org.

 


 

Family and Friends Courses


Family and Friends Courses  2014 Application. 

Family and Friends courses are designed for people who are interested in learning the basics of CPR and first aid, but who do not need a course completion card for their job.  This course is ideal for students, expectant parents and grandparents, babysitters, or anyone who wants to know what to do in an emergency situation.

 

Topics in the Family and Friends CPR course include:

  • Adult hands-only CPR
  • Child CPR with breaths
  • Adult and child AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use
  • Infant CPR
  • Choking in adults, children, and infants

Topics in the Family and Friends First Aid course include:

  • Seizures
  • Allergic reactions
  • Poison emergencies
  • Bleeding, broken bones, and burns
  • Checking for safety

We offer a combined Family and Friends First Aid and CPR for children.  The cost is $45 per person.  The duration of the course is about 3.5 hours.  Please call Health Referral Services at 860-545-1888 to register.  2014 Application.


Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 

 PALS Provider 2014 Application. 
 PALS Refresher  2014 Application.


The PALS course is designed for healthcare professionals who respond to emergencies involving infants and children, including personnel involved in the emergency response (paramedics), emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care.  The PALS course is designed to review, organize, and prioritize information and skills needed to manage a pediatric cardiac arrest, and the time period immediately before and after cardiac arrest.  Please submit a copy of your current BLS for Healthcare Providers card with your PALS application.  Upon completion, you receive a course completion card, which is good for two years.

Topics covered include:

  • 1- and 2-rescuer child and infant CPR and AED
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Vascular access
  • Rhythm disturbances
  • Electrical therapy
  • 2010 Guidelines updates

The PALS provider course is designed for people who have never taken an PALS course before.  The PALS refresher course is designed for people who need to renew their certification.  In order to qualify for the ACLS refresher program, you should have a current, non-expired PALS card.

 

The PALS provider course costs $220 per person, or $150 for Hartford Hospital employees and sponsored paramedics (employees please include your Hartford Hospital employee ID number in order to qualify for the reduced rate).  The course duration is 16 hours (two 8-hour days, and you must attend both days).  2014 Application.

The PALS refresher courses costs $150 per person, or $120 for Hartford Hospital employees and sponsored paramedics (employees please include your Hartford Hospital employee ID number in order to qualify for the reduced rate).  The course duration is one 8-hour day.  2014 Application.


 

AHA Instructor Programs


AHA Instructor Classes  2014 Application. 


These instructor programs are designed for anyone who is interested in teaching any of the American Heart Association courses.  They are offered in a variety of fields, including ACLS, BLS, and PALS.  You must have a current provider card at the level at which you wish to become an instructor (for example, if you want to become an ACLS instructor, you must hold a current ACLS provider card).

 

Becoming an AHA instructor in any discipline is a 3-step process:

  1. Complete the AHA Self Study Program online at www.heart.org
  2. Complete the discipline-specific program
  3. Complete the mentoring/monitoring process

The Core Instructor Program is CD-based, and should be completed prior to the start of the instructor course.  The CD and workbook cost $35.  If you need to purchase the Core Instructor Program, contact our department. 

 

The Instructor program costs $300, and the duration is 6 hours.  2014 Application.

 

The Instructor Updates program is for current AHA instructors whose cards expire in 2012.  In order to recertify as an instructor, you must:

  1. Teach in 2 classes in each of the last 2 years (4 classes total)
  2. Be monitored while teaching
  3. Demonstrate the provider level skills
  4. Take and pass the written exam for that discipline with a 90% or better
  5. Attend the instructor update

The instructor updates program fulfills all these requirements, besides the first one.  The course is $50, and the duration is 3 hours.  2014 Application.

 


 

Online Options for ACLS and BLS

Can’t fit one of our ACLS or BLS courses into your schedule?  No problem!

 

Simply complete either the ACLS or BLS online Part 1, then call our office to schedule a one-on-one skills check with one of our instructors.

 

In order to complete Part 1, give us a call at 860-545-2564 and we will issue you a key to the online portion on healthstream then we can set up a time for a skills check which is Part 2.