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Make a Difference with ALS courses

ALS courses aim to provide participants with a foundation in life saving frameworks and theoretical knowledge of practical skills in adult advanced resuscitation. As a part of healthcare, ALS usually encompasses defibrillation, advanced airway management, intravenous access and drug therapy. Additionally, participants should have completed BLS – Basic Life Saving course prior to participating in any ALS courses.

Content of ALS courses

By participating in ALS courses, healthcare and medical personnel are able to receive sound knowledge and competencies in areas in order to handle advanced resuscitation situations. Knowledge typically covered in ALS courses includes: 

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Airway Management
  • Defibrillation
  • Rhythm Recognition
  • ALS drugs
  • Transcutaneous (External) Pacing
  • Management of Life Threatening Arrhythmias (ALS Algorithms)
  • Post Resuscitation Care.
ALS courses provide participants with so much more that just these topics, as courses also incorporate the role of the team in order to cohesively approach the resuscitation of the individual suffering a life threatening emergency, in a systematic and controlled manner, which is ultimately one of the most important skills in a health emergency. 

Who should participate in ALS courses?

ALS is usually performed by emergency medical technicians, paramedics or medics, therefore ALS courses should be undertaken by individuals working or wishing to work in this area. 

What is the difference between Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS)

The core difference between ALS courses and BLS courses are in their invasiveness. Particularly, BLS does not cover more invasive procedures using needles or devices that draw blood. BLS providers also cannot administer medicines or drugs. Someone who has completed ALS courses can perform all of these tasks, as well as operate airway equipment, cardiac life support, cardiac monitors and more. A BLS course participant has not been trained in the use of these devices.

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