Advanced Life Support Courses

General Practice Training Tasmania is a centre for Advanced Life Support courses jointly accredited by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and the Resuscitation Council (UK). These internationally accredited courses have been developed to standardise the teaching of cardiac arrest and resuscitation management.

Advanced Life Support 1

A one-day course aimed at providing the candidate with the skills and knowledge to manage the patient in the immediate period of deterioration and or cardiac arrest.  ALS1 is ideal for those in healthcare with limited or infrequent exposure to crisis events needing advanced life support training.

Advanced Life Support 2

This is a two-day (or modular) course with the focus on developing advanced skills in managing deteriorating patient and cardiac arrest. The course is designed for healthcare professionals with who would be expected to apply those skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis.

Information sheet for ALS1 & ALS2

 

 


ALS Eligibility Criteria

Advanced Life Support 1

A one-day course aimed at providing the candidate with the skills and knowledge to manage the patient in the immediate period of deterioration and or cardiac arrest. ALS1 is ideal for those in healthcare with limited or infrequent exposure to crisis events needing advanced life support training.

Advanced Life Support 2

This is a two-day (or modular) course with the focus on developing advanced skills in managing deteriorating patient and cardiac arrest. The course is designed for healthcare professionals with who would be expected to apply those skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis.

Prerequisites

Prior skills and competence in CPR is an essential prerequisite to attending the ALS2 course. While the course covers advanced resuscitation skills, it is also designed to develop leadership and team skills in managing such emergencies.

It is not essential to complete the ALS1 prior to the ALS2. However the ALS2 does have a higher level of expected knowledge and recent clinical exposure to critical/crisis events at the commencement of the course.

Participants Assessment

Advanced Life Support 1

Candidates are sent a course manual at least two weeks prior to the course to commence preparation for the face-to-face component. Candidates are required to complete a pre-course multiple choice question paper to guide preparation. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course.

 Advanced Life Support 2

The ALS2 course is intensive and candidates are sent the ALS2 manual one month prior to the course. Candidates are required to complete a pre-course multiple choice question paper to guide preparation. Candidates are also required to complete a in – course multiple choice question paper & a simulation scenario as team leader as part of the assessment requirements.


Course Objectives and Outcomes

Advanced Life Support 1

  • 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 (AED modes)
  • Cardiac arrest management using the ARC ALS Algorithm
  • Work as an effective team member in a cardiac arrest

The course can also deliver one targeted training session specific to the candidate group or organisational requirements

Topics of choice may include

  • ECG Rhythm Recognition & 12 lead interpretation
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Obstetric emergency
  • Exposure/environment

Advanced Life Support 2

  • Structured ABCDE approach (aiming to prevent cardiac arrest)
  • Airway management skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation skills (Manual mode)
  • Work as an effective team member & team leader in a cardiac arrest
  • Management of post resuscitation/ROSC phase
  • Management of life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Care for the deteriorating patient or patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest in special circumstances such as asthma, anaphylaxis, and pregnancy
  • Lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover
  • Consideration for end of life decision making