ACLS Advanced cardiac life support (Latest 2020 AHA)

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Intro to ACLS

Introduction to advanced cardiac life support – What is ACLS 2020?

Let’s have a look at what is ACLS and more questions related to ACLS.

International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) releases periodic updates to their Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) guidelines, which will be made available online at Based on their recommendations, the AHA (American heart association) prepares their guidelines.

What is ACLS

“Advanced cardiac life support” is a certification from American heart association.

Where can i get ACLS certification?

American heart association (AHA) has many authorized international training centers across the world who can provide you with a certificate. You can find a centre near you on

What is the validity of ACLS certification?

ACLS certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of issue.

How to check the authenticity of AHA certificate?

Each e-card given at the end of training will have a unique number on it, which can be verified online u003ca rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022 href=u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022u003eu003cstrongu003eHEREu003c/strongu003eu003c/au003e

How to renew ACLS certification?

You need to approach an authorized training center in your locality to get it renewed. It need not be the same ITC that issued you the previous certificate.

How long does the ACLS course take place?

ACLS course can take around 12-16 hours (spanning 2 days) for instructor lead format.

Who can get enrolled in ACLS?

Anyone who is involved in dealing with cardiac arrest victims and has rights to issue various emergency medications can get benefited from getting trained in ACLS. As such there is no restriction on who can take the course. Just think how much of a use you will have from attending the course if you are a non-medical personnel without rights to prescribe drugs.

What is the course fee for ACLS?

AHA charges for manuals and e-cards only. Rest of the fee is charged by your ITC (international training center) which differs between centers. AHA does not have a control over such charges.

What is the test format for ACLS?

Students will have to take an open resource (open book) theory test that requires at least 84% to pass.u003cbru003eAt the end of theory test, you’ll face a skill station where you need to demonstrate your skills in handling various arrhythmias and cardiac arrest.u003cbru003eTo get certified, you must clear both theory and practical.

What if I fail the ACLS tests?

Depending on the instructor’s judgement, you might be given a chance to answer some questions again to reach 84% on the same day. If the instructor feels you need some preparation, you might be asked to come back at a later date to re-attempt. Same goes with practical test. Re-testing is called remediation in AHA terminology.

Where can I find resources for ACLS preparation online?

There are various websites available. Medcourse has online modules for ACLS preparation offered free of cost to students, which can be accessed by clicking here. Continue reading this course to make yourself familiar to ACLS.

Is BLS certification mandatory to take ACLS?

The AHA doesn’t mandate but having good BLS knowledge definitely helps with ACLS performance. For this reason, the training centers sometimes ask you to get certified in BLS first. It’s up to the ITC.

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