Advanced Life Support
2013 Training Requirements:
Advanced life support
The advanced life support (ALS) course must be completed during introductory, basic
and advanced training and develops advanced skills in managing cardiac arrest and
other medical emergencies. While the course covers advanced resuscitation skills, it is
also designed to develop leadership and team skills in managing such emergencies.
ALS teaches skills that are required during training and by specialist anaesthetists.
If the trainee does not attend a specific ALS course, their hospital department may
organise a similar course or study as approved by the supervisor of training. The
supervisor of training is not responsible for organising the course but should assist the
Nurses and resuscitation
Do nurses with
in cardiac arrests
Five UK EDs
Lin et al.
Is a senior nurse
more skillful at
study 55 head
Review of the
10 acute care
skills to facilitate
sample of 150
Nurses trained in resuscitation leadership
had superior non-technical skills.
impact of nursing
roles in trauma
and in hospital
Nurses involved in trauma and other
resuscitations contribute to effective
communication, leadership and team
work, which ultimately impact patient
Nurse’s time to deﬁbrillate were equal to
those doctors with ALS training.
Recommendation that experienced nurses
assume the ALS leader role where a
senior doctor is not available.
Age, work experience related to skills in
assisting with CPR.
Nursing leadership ensures clear deﬁnition
of roles and responsibilities.
Traditional chains of command
Awareness of each other’s
Should Critical Care nurses take
a leadership role in
Teach ALS and CRM
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