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Lifesaving Training for Health Care Professionals

Certified Basic Life Support (BLS) Qualification

Certified Basic Life Support (BLS) Qualification

The NIPC offers an internationally recognised qualification that certifies doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers in Basic Life Support for a 2-year period. The programme includes use of an AED, CPR and management of choking in all age groups (adults, children and infants).

This course lasts 6 hours. It is run in groups of 6 and individuals or group bookings can be made. Regular courses are delivered in the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre. The course can also be delivered in venues elsewhere on request.

Certified Basic Life Support (BLS) Qualification

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Qualification

Each month the NIPC host the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course over two days within the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway. This course is organised by SAOLTA University Health Care Group.

This is an advanced, instructor-led, 2-day course, which highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Qualification
Galway Roscommon University Hospital Group

Who is the target audience for this course?

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.

Entry Criteria:

  • All applicants must have completed a Healthcare Provider CPR course within the last two years.
  • Nurses MUST have study leave approval prior to registration.

Course content:

  • Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics

Course Format

An online ACLS assessment is required for the 1st day of the course. This is followed by a 2-day programme lasting approximately 10-12 hours in total, including skills practice and skills testing.

For further Information or to register your interest contact: Siobhán Keane, Resuscitation Officer GUH Tel: 091- 542963 email: siobhan.keane@hse.ie

Upcoming ACLS Courses

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