Life Support Training Center (LSTC) Class Descriptions

"The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has development instructional materials for this purpose.

Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA.

Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA."


Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP)
Online plus Skills Check for Initial or Renewal/Update

Prerequisite: Computer access and current email address.
Fees: $100.00 includes online access code and skills check
(allow 1-2 hours to complete online portion)
Skills Check
Location
:
1451 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA, 94304 unless otherwise noted.
Date/Time: See website for available dates and times.
Register:

Online

Register for a skills check date and the online access code will be emailed to you.

Course Description:  The American Heart Association’s (AHA) BLS-HCP Online Part 1 Course, web-based and accessible 24 hours a day, provides a flexible alternative to classroom training.

Through case-based scenarios, interactive activities and videos this course teaches the concepts of both single-rescuer and team life support.

Part 1 must be paired with a hands-on skills practice and testing session (parts 2 and 3) with an AHA BLS Instructor.

Skills practice and testing with a manikin will take approx. 1 hour and will be held at the LSTC unless otherwise noted.

An AHA BLS-HCP course completion card will be issued upon successful completion of all three parts.


Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP) Initial or Renewal/Update Course

Prerequisite:

Initial: No prerequisites.Renewal:Valid BLS-HCP card. 

Fees: $105.00 includes 2010 student manual.
Location: 1451 California Ave., Palo Alto, Ca., 94304
Date/Time: See website for available dates and times.
Credits: None
Register: Online                 

Course Description: This American Heart Association (AHA) Course combines lecture, video and skills practice/testing sessions to teach basic life support techniques to Healthcare Providers. Initial course is approx. 5 hours, renewal/update course is approx. 4 hours.

Important Concepts: 

  • Circulation: circulation techniques using chest compressions for one and two rescuers for adult and infant, and Defibrillation: use of the automatic external defibrillator (AED). 

  • Airway: opening airway techniques and techniques to relieve conscious and unconscious choking in adult, child and infant.

  • Breathing: ventilation with barrier device and use of the bag-mask.

An AHA BLS-HCP course completion card will be issued upon successful completion of skills demonstration and written examination.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Two Day Initial Course

Prerequisite: Valid BLS-HCP card, basic EKG rhythm interpretation skills, basic ACLS pharmacotherapy.
Fees: $350.00 includes ACLS manual, CPR/ECC Handbook, and ECG/Pharmacology woorkbook
Location: 1451 California Ave., Palo Alto, Ca., 94304
Dates/Time: Day 1 8AM-4:15PM, Day 2 8AM-1PM,
See website for available dates.
Credits: 12 CA BRN CE must attend and compete both days.
Register: Online

Course Description: This American Heart Association (AHA) Course is an intensive 2 day course designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.

Through lecture, video and active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

Day 1 focus:

  • BLS and ACLS Survey

  • Science overview

  • Team Approach

  • ACS

  • Respiratory/Airway management

  • Adult CPR/AED

  • Stroke

  • Pharmacology and ECG review

  • megacode introduction and practice

Day 2 focus:

  • Putting it All Together learning stations

  • Megacode Testing

  • Written Test

Important concept covered:

  • The Basic Life Support (BLS) Survey.

  • High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • The ACLS Survey and Algorithms.

  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics.

  • Immediate post-cardiac care.

An AHA ACLS course completion card will be issued at the end of day 2 upon successful completion of skills demonstration and written examination.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) HeartCode® Online/Skills Check for Renewal/Update

Prerequisite: Access to computer and current email address.
Fees: $250.00 includes AHA HeartCode® online access code and skills check.
Location: 1451 California Ave., Palo Alto, Ca., 94304
Date/Time: See website for available dates and times. Allow 8-10 hours to complete the online portion of this course.
Credits: CE/CME/CEH up to 10.25 hours available through the AHA.
Register:

Online

Register for a skills check date and the online access code will be emailed to you.

Course Description: : The American Heart Association (AHA) HeartCode® is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings.

In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development.

Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.

The online cognitive portion must be paired with a hands-on skills practice and testing session with an AHA ACLS Instructor.

Skills practice and testing with a manikin will take approx. 1-2 hours and will be held at the LSTC.

The AHA HeartCode® ACLS Covers:

  • Key changes reflecting the 2010 AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

  • Ten adult patient cases with up to four healthcare providers presented through eSimulation technology:

    • 1 BLS case.
    • 7 cases representing cardiovascular, respiratory and stroke emergencies.
    • 2 Megacodes.
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest.

  • Recognition and early management of periarrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia.

  • Airway management.

  • Related pharmacology.

  • Management of acute coronary syndromes and stroke.

  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team.

An AHA ACLS course completion card will be issued upon successful completion of the online cognitive portion and skills sessions.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Renewal/Update Course

Prerequisite: Valid BLS and ACLS cards, basic EKG interpretation skills, basic ACLS Pharmacology.
Fees: $260.00 includes ACLS manual and CPR/ECC Handbook
Location: 1451 California Ave., Palo Alto, Ca., 94304
Date/Time: See website for available dates an times.
Credits: 6 CA BRN CE
Register: Online 

Course Description: This American Heart Association (AHA) renewal/update course is designed for healthcare providers who have already taken ACLS and either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.

Through lecture, video and active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

Important concepts covered:

  • The Basic Life Support (BLS) Survey.

  • High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • The ACLS Survey and Algorithms.

  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics.

  • Immediate post-cardiac care.

 An AHA ACLS course completion card will be issued at the end of the course upon successful completion of skills demonstration and written examination.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP) Renewal/Update Course

Not currently offered at the Stanford Life Support Center, contact Lisa Curtis, MSN, RN at lcurtis@stanfordmed.org if interested in the course

Challenge the ACLS and BLS Course.

Prerequisite: Valid AHA Course card, Current AHA Course Manual (ACLS and BLS Manuals are available for purchase at the Stanford LSTC)
Fees:   BLS: $50.00                    ACLS $100.00
Location: 1451 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94304
Date/Time: By appointment, plan on approx. 1 hour for testing
Credits: None
Register:  Contact Lisa Curtis, MSN, RN at lcurtis@stanfordmed.org  to schedule an appointment.  

A challenge occurs when a student requests to complete course testing requirements without participating in an AHA classroom or online course. If the student fails the challenge testing no card will be issued and the student will be referred to a provider course.

Challenge requirements:  

  • Must show instructor a valid AHA course card, an expired card is not acceptable

  • Must show instructor the appropriate and current AHA course manual

  • Pass written test - 84% or better

  • Pass skills testing, there is no option for practice or coaching

  • The testing session will be stopped at the first point the student fails

  • No remediation is allowed

An AHA course completion card will be issued at the end of the course upon successful completion of skills demonstration and written examination.

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