The Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses are authored by the Australian Resuscitation Council, in collaboration with the UK and European Resuscitation Councils, and is widely recognised as the gold standard in resuscitation education. The principals and senior instructors for the Australian Institute for Clinical Education were instrumental in teaching the first ALS courses in Australia and have been involved with the ARC ALS teaching and development for over a decade. They have also been involved in teaching the ALS for the last twenty years, in locations as diverse as England, Scotland, Ireland, India, the Philippines and East Timor.
Advanced Life Support Level 1/Immediate Life Support
A one-day (or modular – two half 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. Included in the course are recognition, assessment and management of the critically ill patient using a structured ABCDE approach (aiming to prevent cardiac arrest).
- Airway management skills
- Basic Life Support
- Defibrillation skills (Manual and/or AED modes)
- Cardiac arrest management using the ARC ALS Algorithm
- Working as an effective team member in a cardiac arrest
The course can also deliver targeted training needs in a session specific to the candidate group or organisational requirements. It is ideal for those in healthcare with limited infrequent exposure to crisis events needing advanced life support training.