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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 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

  1. An online learn­ing pro­gram and assessments
  2. Prac­ti­cal assess­ment: sce­nario-based with a CRANAplus Edu­ca­tor, either face-face or via Zoom

1. Online learn­ing pro­gram content 

  1. Intro­duc­tion to the ALS course
  2. DRS: Danger, Response, Send for Help ele­ments of the ALS algorithm
  3. Air­way: Prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of air­way man­age­ment in ALS
  4. Breath­ing: Res­pi­ra­to­ry sup­port in ALS
  5. Defib­ril­la­tion: Car­diac phys­i­ol­o­gy, arrhyth­mia recog­ni­tion and man­age­ment and defibrillation
  6. Med­i­cines: First and sec­ond-line drugs in ALS
  7. Post-resus­ci­ta­tion care: Prin­ci­ples and prac­tice of post-resus­ci­ta­tion care
  8. Ethics, medico-legal: Legal and eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions around ALS
  9. Doc­u­men­ta­tion: Effec­tive doc­u­men­ta­tion in ALS
  10. Sum­ma­ry

2. Prac­ti­cal assessment

Your ALS prac­ti­cal assess­ment can be com­plet­ed by a CRANAplus Edu­ca­tor either face-to-face or via Zoom. 

Please note: If a CRANAplus Edu­ca­tor is not avail­able to do your assess­ment, an exter­nal asses­sor will be used. Exter­nal edu­ca­tors are appoint­ed by CRANAplus.

It is your respon­si­bil­i­ty to organ­ise the required doc­u­men­ta­tion, equip­ment, and venue for the prac­ti­cal assessment.

Down­load a copy of the ALS Infor­ma­tion sheet includ­ing the list of required equip­ment click here.