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Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Pre-requisite:  Current BLS certification

This program is designed to provide nurses, physicians, and allied health care personnel with the knowledge and skills to identify and treat individuals in cardiopulmonary arrest or near arrest states.  Following American Heart Association criteria, participants will demonstrate competence in selected case scenarios.  Successful completion of the course will enable participants to be registered with the AHA as Advanced Cardiac Life Support Providers.

The content of this program is designed to meet the following learning objectives:

  1. Demonstrate proper techniques in basic life support
  2. Demonstrate proper airway management techniques, including endotracheal intubation for adults.
  3. Illustrate the placement of intravenous fluid lines, peripheral and central
  4. Perform defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, and external pacing
  5. Discuss drug therapy for cardiac emergencies
  6. Recognize dynamic and static dysrhythmias and appropriate therapy
  7. Demonstrate decision-making and leadership capabilities as a team leader in simulated code situations.

Audiences: Nurses, physicians, and allied health care personnel whose job responsibilities include providing advance emergency care. Persons who are currently certified may want to attend the renewal ACLS classes being offered at BMC.

CEU's: 11 contact hours/1.1 CEUs will be awarded for successful completion and full attendance. CEUs will not be awarded for partial attendance.d

Registration Deadline: Two days before class. As long as you are able to obtain book and take pretest.  A pretest with a minimum score of 80% must be completed prior to coming to class. Loaner books are available with a $50 refundable deposit.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Pre-requisite:  Current BLS certification

This program is designed to provide information about an infant or child at risk of cardiopulmonary arrest; information and strategies for preventing arrest in infant and children and the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest.

Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the two most common pre-arrest syndromes and utilize interventions to prevent cardio-pulmonary arrest in the infant and child.
  2. Diagnose and treat dysrhythmias based upon rhythm classification and hemodynamic significance.
  3. Demonstrate and prioritize various vascular access techniques, including intraosseous cannulation.
  4. Perform basic cardiac life support on infants and children.
  5. Identify management priorities for the infant and child in respiratory failure, shock and cardio-pulmonary arrest. 

Audience: limited to nurses, physicians and allied health care personnel whose job responsibilities include roviding advanced emergency care.

CEUs:  11 contact hours/1.1 CEUs will be awarded to successful completion and full attendance. Credit will not be awarded for partial attendance.

NOTE:  Registration Deadline: Two days before class.  As long as you are able to obtain book and take pretest.  A pretest with a minimum score of 80% must be completed prior to coming to class Participants must have a current BLS-module C card. Loaner books are available with a $50 refundable deposit.

Basic Life Support - Healthcare Provider CPR

This class is designed for healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, dentists, nursing assistants and a wide variety of persons working in the healthcare setting. Course material is based on the BLS-2010 guidelines for the American Heart Association.

Participants will learn how to perform CPR on adults (utilizing one and two rescuers), children and infants.  Instruction will also be provided on giving assistance to victims who are choking or have become unconscious.  The course includes written and skills examinations as well as information on the use of pocket-mask barrier devices and AED devices.

During the training, participants will learn to: 

  1. Give CPR to an infant, child, or adult whose heart has stopped beating
  2. Care for an infant, child, or adult who is choking.
  3. Access the in-house and community emergency medical services (EMS) system
  4. Use barrier devices to protect against infection.
  5. Respond to the signs and symptoms of stroke.
  6. Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to re-start a victim’s heart. 

Registration Deadline: Two days before class. Loaner books are available with a $20 refundable deposit.  Book not required.

Basic Electrocardiography (EKG)

Pre-requisite:  Current BLS certification

This is an 8 session program designed to provide nurses and technicians with the fundamental principles of Electro-physiology measurement of intervals and single lead interpretation of common dysrhythmias.  Treatment modalities will also be discussed. 

The content of this program is designed to meet the following learning objectives: 

  1. Explain the basic anatomy and physiology of the heart.
  2. Demonstrate lead placement for two or more leads.
  3. Describe the normal intervals for ECG waveforms.
  4. Identify and differentiate common sinus, atrial, junctional, A/V block, and ventricular rhythms.
  5. Discuss initial treatment of common dysrhythmias.
  6. Recognize artificial pacemaker spikes on ECG. 

Audience: Staff nurses and technicians whose position responsibilities require knowledge of cardiac dysrhythmias and providing care for patients with cardiac monitoring.

CEUs:  3.3 contact hours or .33 CEU's per session (total possible earned 26.4 contact hours or 2.64 CEU’s) will be awarded for completion of the entire program. No partial credit will be given. One missed session may be made up if arrangements are made with the instructor.  Completion of the course is based on attendance to all 8 sessions.

Registration Deadline:  2 days before class. As long as book is obtained before class.  Loaner books are available with a $50 refundable deposit.

Management of Aggressive Behavior (MAB)

Pre-requisite: to qualify for renewal certification you must be current per BMC guidelines of 2 years certification. Expired or > 2 years since last class needs to take the full 1 ½ day course.

Management of Aggressive Behavior (MAB) is a 1½-day program with a broad approach to crisis intervention and prevention.  Effectively managing aggressive behavior involves prevention, intervention and postvention strategies.  Staff who have direct patient contact (clinics excluded) are REQUIRED to attend the full program (1.5 days).  The physical skills and postvention strategies are discussed in the renewal class from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm the following day.  Staff needing to refresh their knowledge and practice of the physical management strategies should register for the 2nd Day session.  Restraint competency will be completed day 2 for those staff needing this documented.

The content of this class is designed to meet these learning objectives:

  1. Understanding how patients behave in crises
  2. Implementing prevention and early intervention strategies
  3. Developing de-escalation and physical protection skills
  4. Understanding personal limitations and strengths
  5. Teaching patients alternative ways to deal with frustration, conflict, and anxiety
  6. Teaching patients strategies to meet their own needs and reinforce non-aggressive behaviors
  7. Countering physical aggression through blending
  8. Learning physical interventions

The first day is devoted to the instruction in the premises of MAB, prevention strategies and verbal interventions to prevent and manage aggression.  The physical skills are taught the second day.  There will also be practice of verbal de-escalation skills and conflict resolution on the second day.

In order to be comfortable, participants should wear loose clothing and shoes.  Clogs would not be safe. As various releases from clothing grabs and various holds are involved, expensive or easily damaged clothing, jewelry, and hair pieces should be avoided. Per BMC policy: blue jeans are inappropriate. 

Audience: Staff who have direct patient contact (clinics excluded) are required to attend.

CEU’s: 12 contact hours or 1.2 CEU’s will be awarded upon completion of the entire program. Renewal day and evening sessions available.

Mandatory Reporting

Iowa Law requires all employees who have been designated mandatory reporters of child abuse and dependent adult abuse to take a class every five years.  The program will help participants to better understand clinical aspects of child abuse and dependent adult abuse as well as responsibilities in reporting. It is a requirement that ALL Broadlawns employees maintain a mandatory reporter of child abuse and dependent adult abuse certification.

Note:  Employees need to check their Mandatory Certification date.  The certification needs to be updated every five years.

Classes are offered every 3rd Tuesday.
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Medical Office Building Conference Room

Audience: All Broadlawns employees or any employee outside Broadlawns who has been designated a mandatory reporter

Instructor: Diana E. Nicholls Blomme, RN, Iowa Department of Public Health.

Contact Paulette Ihrig 515.282.2458 to inquire about availability.