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Advanced Life Support Online (ALS)
With the health practitioner’s expanding role, they are required to have a sound knowledge and demonstrate skills in the care and management of the deteriorating patient during a life-threatening emergency. As part of this role, the remote and rural health practitioner may be required to initiate and maintain ALS measures.
The CRANAplus Advanced Life Support (ALS) course is based on the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines and principles of evidence-based best practice.
CRANAplus recommends that the ALS course is completed every two years and strongly recommends that the Basic Life Support (BLS) course is completed prior to undertaking the ALS course.
The ALS course aims to provide the health workforce with the Advanced Life Support skills required to manage patients prior, during, and after a cardiorespiratory arrest, with an emphasis on care in remote, rural, and isolated settings.
ALS course structure
- An online learning program and assessments
- Practical assessment: scenario-based with a CRANAplus Educator, either face-face or via Zoom
1. Online learning program content
- Introduction to the ALS course
- DRS: Danger, Response, Send for Help elements of the ALS algorithm
- Airway: Principles and practices of airway management in ALS
- Breathing: Respiratory support in ALS
- Defibrillation: Cardiac physiology, arrhythmia recognition and management and defibrillation
- Medicines: First and second-line drugs in ALS
- Post-resuscitation care: Principles and practice of post-resuscitation care
- Ethics, medico-legal: Legal and ethical considerations around ALS
- Documentation: Effective documentation in ALS
2. Practical assessment
Your practical assessment will be conducted by a CRANAplus Assessor. In exceptional circumstances CRANAplus may appoint an external assessor. This process can only be organised and approved by CRANAplus.
It is your responsibility to organise the required equipment and venue for the practical assessment.
- How do I complete the ALS Online Course?
- Register via CRANAplus website
- Complete online learning (access via the CRANAplus Dashboard)
- Organise required equipment for practical assessment
- Email email@example.com to arrange practical assessment
- Arrange practical assessment with CRANAplus assessor
- Complete practical assessment
- Certificate issued within 7 days
- What equipment is required for the practical assessment?
- Adult Mannequin: for simulation of CPR, defibrillation and airway insertion
- Defibrillator which can be used in manual mode e.g: Zoll/Lifepack
- Defibrillator pads (adult)
- Airways: oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, LMA (size 3 fits most mannequins)
- Yankeur sucker and Y Suction catheter
- Magills forceps (for medical staff assessments only)
- Adult Hudson O2 mask
- Bag valve mask
- 10 and 20ml syringes
- Ampoules of Adrenaline, Amiodarone, 5% dextrose, n/saline
- Stethoscope, BP cuff
- IV Fluids: e.g.: n/saline
- O2 sat probe
- End tidal CO2 monitoring device
For assessments via Zoom:
- Computer/laptop/smart phone/tablet with working camera and Zoom (https://zoom.us/) which has been tested and is in working order.