The ACLS Course

24 April, 2016

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course

Every year approximately 350,000 medical emergencies are handled by Magen David Adom, the national Emergency Rescue Organization of Israel. The most common types of cases are cardiac emergencies, people in respiratory distress and trauma victims. The success of the MDA emergency services is dependent on several factors: calling MDA as quickly as possible (dial 101) and the first aid given to the patient before the arrival of MDA personnel. Performing chest pumps, defibrillation, clearing the airway and arresting external hemorrhage enable the MDA personnel arriving at the scene to treat the victims and save their lives.

Toward this end, providing instruction to the medical community is of vital importance. The staff at Moria Specialist Clinic regularly undergo a range of instructional training courses related to providing emergency first aid to patients.

This time the staff has moved on to a whole new level by taking part in a unique course: ACLS-Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Course. This is an advanced course designed for medical personnel. The course is presented according to the guidelines of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Over a period of two days all clinic staff members underwent 16 hours of lectures and exercises which they practiced on uniquely equipped mannequins. The mannequins, which are connected to a computer, allow evaluation of the effectiveness of the resuscitation in real time by means of monitoring the fluctuations in the EKG.

Likewise, we learned about the management of the resuscitation team with the focus placed on performing resuscitation as a team in order to optimize the chances of patient survival. The resuscitation should be performed by a team that is overseen by a leader who is in charge of giving instructions and coordinating the group effort. During the resuscitation procedure the communication should take place on closed circuit monitors and the instructions must be clear and concise.

Key Points:

  • Sequence for adult survival
  • Immediate recognition of signs of cardiac arrest and immediate call for help (calling for qualified personnel and for a defibrillator)
  • Early resuscitation with a focus on chest pumps
  • Speedy defibrillation when called for
  • Advanced and effective resuscitation. Integrated treatment following cardiac arrest
  • Focus on chest pumps
  • Monitoring pulse
  • Rate of at least 100 chest pumps per minute
  • Forcefulness of chest pumps
  • Pressure on the windpipe
  • Guidelines for monitoring breathing
  • Defibrillation and cardioversion:
  • Defibrillation (electric shocks) given early in combination with effective resuscitation is of critical importance, as these procedures are key to increasing survival rates following sudden cardiac arrest.

Advanced Cardiovascular Resuscitation, Acute Myocardial Infarction and Cerebral Vascular accident

After having completed 16 hours of study, all of the staff took a written exam covering all aspects of the subject and we are pleased to announce that all of them successfully passed and received a certificate attesting to this. In conclusion, the course was engaging and was at a very high standard.

We are exceedingly proud to see such professional and dedicated MDA personnel in the state of Israel!

In the process, it was an experience which consolidated us as a team and we enjoyed taking this course together. Those interested in obtaining comprehensive information can access the MDA website: