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82780 - Advanced Life Support Level 1

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Face to face
20 hours

The ALS course aims to teach the theory and practical skills to prevent cardiac arrest and effectively manage cardiorespiratory arrest should it result. 

This includes assessment and treatment of patients in the peri-arrest situations using the ABCDE approach, and to potentially work within a multidisciplinary team to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care area is possible. This includes use and delivery of structured handover tools to ensure effective communication. The course includes scenarios where considerations on commencement and appropriateness of resuscitation are appraised. 

A pre-reading period of not less than 2 weeks prior to the face to face course is required. Prior to this time the course centre will send a copy of the manual for the candidate to retain to read. An MCQ is able to be used for the pre-course and post course cognitive reinforcing activity. 

The course includes the performance of physical activities related to advanced life support.

Relevance to General Practice

Basic life support however is only a temporary measure. The purpose of basic life support is to maintain myocardial and cerebral perfusion until ALS personnel and equipment arrive. 

By placing ALS providers in the form of GPs in the arena where cardiac arrest is most common potentially impacts on rapid delivery of standardised advanced life support which patient outcome results are as yet unknown. 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care published the National Consensus Statement: Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration. One of the guiding principles of this statement is the recognition of and response to deterioration requires access to appropriately qualified, skilled and experienced staff. Having an educated, suitability skilled and qualified clinician is essential to provide appropriate care to patients whose condition is deteriorating and promote good patient outcomes and safety.

Learning outcomes
  • Perform a systematic assessment of a patient in crisis identifying/treating life threatening issues using an ABCDE approach aiming to prevent deterioration
  • Recognise cardiopulmonary arrest and perform effective basic life support
  • Demonstrate management of a patient using the standardised approach of the Australian Resuscitation Council cardiac arrest algorithm
  • Deliver safe defibrillation therapy using appropriate technology (AED and/or manual mode depending on candidate prior experience and knowledge)
  • Manage the potentially threatened airway of a patient using manual techniques and adjuncts (+/-LMA) (including consideration of c-spine)
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    82780 - Advanced Life Support Level 1
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    20 hours
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    CPD Points
    20 hours
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