2017 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Patients with Syncope

Check out the link below to read more on the new 2017 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Syncope: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, and the Heart Rhythm Society!

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http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/03/09/CIR.0000000000000499

Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis Howell MD, et al. JAMA 2017 Jan 19

This article serves as a counterpoint to my previous post calling into question current dogma around evidence based sepsis protocols.

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2598892

Food For Thought “Six myths promoted by the new surviving sepsis guidelines”

I will admit to having been on the Rivers train (EGDT) and many subsequent iterations related to protocolized sepsis therapy for over a decade.  This article by Josh Farkas does a good job of summarizing some different perspectives on the current state of evidence bases sepsis therapy.  What it doesn’t address is how protocolized sepsis therapy helps to create a shared mental model across disciplines which, I would argue may often be as important as individualized therapies with regard to patient outcomes.

https://emcrit.org/pulmcrit/sepsis-myths/

1 Spot left!!! Sign up for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Initial Certification Thu 1/19/2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This class also meets on: Fri 1/20/17 from 9:30a to 4:30p

Audience /Overview

American Heart Association ACLS for healthcare providers includes management of Bradycardia, Tachycardia, and Pulseless arrest using 2015 AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support guidelines as well as Stroke and Heart Attack, ACS.

What to do BEFORE class:

Every student is required to take the Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation and review the 2015 ACLS Provider Manual before attending class.

1. Visit heart.org/eccstudent

2. Enter manual code: “acls15″ to begin

3. Re-take this Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation until you receive an 84%

4. Print and bring your score to class

Course Content

  • Key changes in ACLS from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines
  • 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

  • ACLS Initial Course: 16 hours over 2 days, with time for breaks and lunch.

*course time based on 1 instructor: 8 students: 2 manikins

Features

  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills and simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Course Completion Card

American Heart Association ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years and 14 CE credits

Textbook Requirement
2015 ACLS Provider Manual

ISBN #: 978-1-61669-400-5

You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) 7th Edition Tue 1/17/2017 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Audience

NRP is designed to provide healthcare professionals working with neonatal and newborn infants the ability to participate in the causes, prevention, and management of mild to severe neonatal asphyxia. This course will introduce students through an evidence-based approach to the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation.

Required Online Exam

Complete NRP Online Exam 7th Edition BEFORE attending the course by following these instructions:

  1. Visit www.healthstream.com/hlc/aap
  2. Create a new login or if you are an existing user, log back in
  3. Click on the “Catalog” tab and click on 7th Edition NRP Provider (DO NOT select the old 6th Edition, we will not accept it)
  4. There is an additional fee of $35.00 for this exam on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
  5. Complete part 1 (includes Exam with 50 questions, eSim cases, and eSim evaluation) Complete all sections to receive completion status. Estimated time (4.5 hours)
  6. After completing the online exam, you have 30 days to take the NRP course.
  7. You will need to reference the 2015 NRP Textbook (7th Edition) as you take the online exam.
  8. Part 2 is the Instructor-Led Event (Hands-on Session) which is the session appointment you purchase with Project Heartbeat
  9. The deadline to submit your exam completion certificate to our office is 24 hours before the course to be admitted to the NRP course, otherwise your spot could potentially be released to a waitlist. Please email a copy to info@projectheartbeat.com or fax to 510-452-1110.

NRP exam online web browser compatibility:

Recommeded to use Internet Explorer v8 or higher on a PC or Firefox on a Mac. Do not use Safari and Chrome, those will not work for the exam. If you have technical issues, please contact HealthStream Customer Support at 1-800-521-0574

Course Format

NRP Online Course: completed at home by the student

NRP Skills Session: 2 hours – completed in our training center with an instructor

Features

  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills and simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based skills practice works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Certification

  • American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association® Neonatal Resuscitation Program card (valid for two years)
  • CEU credits will be issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics after you complete the online exam. Log back into your account and claim the credits after completion.

Textbook Requirement

2015 Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Textbook – 7th Edition: Students are required to reference the textbook during the online course.

You are required to have the current 2015 NRP textbook 7th Edition for this course. Please do NOT use the old 6th Edition textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here. The book is $85

Advanced 12 Lead ECG Interpretation on Tue 1/17/2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This class also meets on: Wed 1/18/17 from 9:30a to 4:30p

Audience /Overview

Advanced 12 Lead EKG Interpretation is designed to provide healthcare professionals the ability to interpret 12 Lead EKGs (electrocardiograms) and recognize myocardial infarction (MI). Students will increase their confidence in interpretation and practice through this course. The Advanced 12 Lead EKG course provides a more comprehensive overview of reading EKGs.

 

Course Content Day 1

  • Anatomy, Electrophysiology and Action Potential
  • Interpretation of EKG strips
  • Electrical Conduction System
  • Myocardial Ischemia, Injury and Infarction
  • Inferior, Lateral, Septal, Anterior MI’s

Course Content Day 2

  • Posterior MI’s
  • Axis Deviation and Bundle branch blocks
  • ACS Imitators
  • Therapeutic Modalities and Pharmacology
  • Practice of EKG strips

Course Format

14 hours over 2 days, time for breaks and lunch is included

 

Features

  • Reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

 

Course Completion Card

  • American Heart Association ECG & Pharmacology Certificate
  • Board of Registered Nursing 14 CEU
  • EMS CE vary upon license/state

Materials

A powerpoint lecture manual will be handed out at the beginning of class to each student at no additional charge in addition to practice packet handouts

 

Optional Textbooks for additional practice; not required:

  • Pocket Reference for The 12-Lead ECG in Acute Coronary Syndromes by Tim Phalen (we do not carry this book, but it is sold on Amazon)
    • recommended by our EKG instructor
    • 12-lead ECG interpretation and appropriate thrombolytic therapy
    • topics are presented logically, step-by-step, and fully illustrated

 

  • American Heart Association ECG & Pharmacology Student Workbook (may be purchased on our website during online registration)
    • basic electrophysiology
    • normal ECG measurements
    • basic arrhythmias
    • the administration of appropriate drugs within the ACLS algorithms
No textbook is required, you will received a lecture manual at no additional charge on the day of class. For added practice, you may purchase the optional student workbook.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Renewal Certification on Wed 8/31/2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Audience /Overview

ACLS is designed to provide healthcare professionals the ability to participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. It emphasizes the importance of BLS to patient survival, the integration of effective BLS with ACLS interventions, and the importance of effective team interaction and communication.

 

Prerequisites

  • Must have a current/non-expired ACLS card
  • What to do BEFORE class:

    Every student is required to take the Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation and review the 2015 ACLS Provider Manual before attending class.

    1. Visit heart.org/eccstudent

    2. Enter manual code: “acls15″ to begin

    3. Re-take this Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation until you receive an 84%

    4. Print and bring your score to class

 

Course Content

  • Key changes in ACLS from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines
  • 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

ACLS Renewal Course: 7 hours over 1 day, time for breaks and lunch included

*course time based on 1 instructor: 8 students: 2 manikins

 

Features

  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills and simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

 

Course Completion Card and Continuing Education

American Heart Association ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years.

Board of Registered Nursing Provider approved for 7 CE’s

EMS CE’s available and may vary by license type

 

Textbook Requirement

2015 ACLS Provider Manual

ISBN #: 978-1-61669-400-5

 

You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here. Please choose from the following optional items:

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – Renewal Certification on Tue 8/30/2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Audience

The PALS Course is designed to provide healthcare providers a refresher on their ability to respond to emergencies for infants and children. Providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the child victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. PALS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through individual and team learning stations.

 

Prerequisites

  • Must have a current/non-expired PALS card otherwise you will not be admitted into class.
  • What to do BEFORE class:Every student is required to take the Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation and review the 2010 PALS Provider Manual before attending class.

    1. Visit heart.org/eccstudent

    2. Enter manual code: “PALS” to begin

    3. Re-take this Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation until you receive an 84%

Course Content

  • Key changes in PALS from the new 2010 AHA
  • 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use
  • 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR
  • Management of respiratory emergencies
  • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
  • Vascular access
  • Resuscitation team concept
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
  • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment

 

Class Format

PALS Renewal Course: 7 hours over 1 day, time for breaks and lunch included

 

Features

  •  Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills and simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills
  • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

 

Certification

American Heart Association PALS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

PALS Renewal: 7 CEU credits

 

Textbook Requirement

2010 PALS Provider Manual

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You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here. Please choose from the following optional items:

Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) on Mon 8/29/2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM This class also meets on: Tue 8/30/16 from 9:00a to 6:00p

Audience /Overview

 

TNCC is a widely recognized premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide. It empowers nurses with the knowledge, critifcal thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients.

 

This course is designed to establish a standardized body of trauma knowledge and to improve the care of all trauma patients. This seventh edition course combines interactive learning along with scenario-based assessments to provide nurses a comprehensive learning experience.

 

TNCC Pre-course Online Modules Requirement

 

  • All students are required to complete the TNCC Provider Pre-Course Online Modules before attending class. TNCC is an intensive two day course intended for experienced Emergency Nurses. Without completing the pre-course online modules before attending class, students may have difficulty passing the skills and written exams to earn a TNCC Provider Card.
  • Instructions on accessing the modules will be in the Confirmation Email after registration/purchase is complete

 

Course Content

  • Rapid identification of life-threatening injuries
  • Comprehensive patient assessment
  • Enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes

Course Format

2 day intensive course includes:

  • A Systematic Approach of Initial Assessment
    • Nurses learn A-I mnemonic and the Trauma Nursing Assessment
  • Evidence-based Content Written by Trauma Experts
    • 24 chapter comprehensive manual with dedicated chapters for special populations
  • Hands-on Skill Stations
    • Nurses practice the systematic approach in real life situations with skilled instructors
  • 5 Online Modules
    • Complete case studies taking nurses through an entire sequence of care
  • Verification and Contact Hours
    • Upon successful completion of the course ENA will issue a 4 year provider verification card
    • Contact hours are awarded for course completion
  • 80% needed to pass during multiple-choice exam of 50 questions
  • 70% needed to pass during skill station evaluation

Textbook Requirement

 

You must have the Trauma Nursing Core Course Provider Manual (Seventh Edition) by Emergency Nurses Association – to complete the pre-course online modules and bring to class. (Available for purchase at check out)

 

RN’s

  • required to participate in written and skill station portion
  • will receive a Certificate of Attendance with 17.65 contact hours and a verification card/status if successful in written and skill station

Non-RN Healthcare Providers

  • can participate in written and skill station portion
  • will receive a Certificate of Attendance with 17.65 contact hours but will not receive a verification card or status
  • Certificate of Attendance is different from the one provided to RN attendees

Auditors

  • cannot participate in writen or skill station testing portion
  • can participate in written or skill station teaching portion
  • will receive a Certificate of Attendance with 17.65 contact hours but will not receive a verification card or status
  • Certificate of Attendance is different from the one provided to RN attendees

Remediation

  • If a student fails the multiple choice the first time, they may retest once with an alternative exam version
  • If a student fails the skills station the first time, they may retest once with an alterntative scenario
  • if a student does not pass either retests, they must register to take another course or challenge a subsequent course in order to pursue verification status
You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here. Please choose from the following optional items:

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Renewal Certification on Sat 8/27/2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Audience /Overview

ACLS is designed to provide healthcare professionals the ability to participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. It emphasizes the importance of BLS to patient survival, the integration of effective BLS with ACLS interventions, and the importance of effective team interaction and communication.

 

Prerequisites

  • Must have a current/non-expired ACLS card
  • What to do BEFORE class:

    Every student is required to take the Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation and review the 2015 ACLS Provider Manual before attending class.

    1. Visit heart.org/eccstudent

    2. Enter manual code: “acls15″ to begin

    3. Re-take this Precourse Self Assessment Evaluation until you receive an 84%

    4. Print and bring your score to class

 

Course Content

  • Key changes in ACLS from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines
  • 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

ACLS Renewal Course: 7 hours over 1 day, time for breaks and lunch included

*course time based on 1 instructor: 8 students: 2 manikins

 

Features

  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills and simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

 

Course Completion Card and Continuing Education

American Heart Association ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years.

Board of Registered Nursing Provider approved for 7 CE’s

EMS CE’s available and may vary by license type

 

Textbook Requirement

2015 ACLS Provider Manual

ISBN #: 978-1-61669-400-5

 

You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here. Please choose from the following optional items: